The Sistine Madonna (Free Download)

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The Sistine Madonna by Rafael is a prominent fixture in most Waldorf Kindergartens.  While religious in nature, the significance of this painting goes far beyond Christian applications.  This painting is considered by prominent Waldorf educator Rene Querido, to be a “yantra”, or an image that reveals spiritual truths to the viewer and even has healing qualities. Rudolf Steiner recommended that mothers and caregivers meditate on this image, and that it be placed in hospitals. The image of the archetypal mother cradling her baby nourishes children on many levels, creating feelings of security, peace and love.  Children see themselves in the image being loved and cherished and surrounded by saints and angels.

After some research about this image, I decided to display it in my home.  Many of the prints I found for sale were pricey, and some were not at all faithful to the original painting.  I researched further and much to my excitement, discovered that the image is public domain!  I uploaded it to Shutterfly and am now happily awaiting its arrival.  Download the image free for your home here .

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Hi! I'm Kelley. Real foodie and crunchy mom to a teenager and a toddler. My husband and I live in Southern California.