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I am currently arguing a further case for my 'Lincoln Da Vinci Code' with this painting by Matthew William Peters that now is stowed away at a dusty corner at the Trifolium NE Transept with LC. It is supposedly 'a representation of the Annunciation' and was painted in 1800 and originally hung at a space behind the High Altar until its removal in 1856. Peters was a member of the Royal Academy of Art and famed for his portrayals of mildly erotic/salacious women before he quit the art world to join the Church, becoming Canon of Lincoln Cathedral. And so, if the Virgin Mary, why is she wearing the red hair and red gown symbology of MM ? Obviously, pregnant, too. What I see is MM touching her heart and staring at a small monolith upon whichE open scrolling stand saying; 'I am here and my scrolls with me..' for opposite the SE corner of LC stands a similar monolith/marker tomb where under the LDVC asserts the Magdalene and her scrolls now reside. Margaret Starbird has kindly studied the painting for me this week and says that if it is the Virgin Mary, it is atypical owing to the red dress indicating Eros ie MM, since red connotates passion,eros and 'flesh and blood'. Dressing the Mother of Jesus in red was banned by the Vatican mid 17th century. As for the angel above, angels are said in legend to have fed MM during her hermit years at St Baume. Margaret concludes by saying it is, at least, a wonderful Sacred Feminine image. Further important to the LDVC is the fact that the following year after the 'dog on the platter' of Christ was placed at the scene of the Last Supper at the Great East Window in 1855, initiating the LDVC, this painting was stowed away to its current dusty and neglected place.
Mary Magdalene or Virgin Mary ? What do YOU think ??
Update: Kathrinn has provided an enhanced version of Spearjig's original image.