This Black Madonna is likely a copy of the original statue, which was carved in cedar. The original statue is reputed to have been in the treasury of the ruler of Egypt, who gave it to St. Louis who then presented to the Cathedral. The original statue given by St. Louis was burned during the French Revolution. She is notably oriental or African in appearance with geometric decoration on her gown. The white hands are unusual. Note also that unlike the present Black Madonna on the main alter, the infant Jesus is centrally seated on her lap.

The image was photographed in 1999 at Le Puy, France, in 35mm format under available light conditions using high-speed transparency film. It is printed on Hahnemuhle Photo Rag archival paper with an Epson 9800 printer using 3-K archival Ultrachrome inks. The mat is 4-ply, museum-quality, acid-free, unbuffered mat board.

The image is printed in the following editions: 50 are 20 x 16 in. (mat size 32 x 29 in.); 100 are 14 x 11 in. (mat size 20 x 17.5 in.) Click on INFORMATION to call or email for prices.