Iconography of the Immaculate Conception – Part 6

Immaculate Conception - Peter Paul Rubens - Madrid

The traditional iconography of the Immaculate Conception depicts the Virgin Mary crushing the head of the serpent. This image takes its inspiration from a passage in the first book of the Holy Scriptures where we read: "I shall put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and hers; it will bruise your head and you will strike its heel." (Gen 3, 15). This is why the serpent always appears under the feet of the Immaculate Virgin Mary.

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Immaculate Conception - detail