France: Chapelle Saint Antoine, Bessans - paulsmit
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'Madonna, child and apple.’

The Chapelle Saint Antoine in Bessans is famous for its late medieval frescoes. But it houses a nice madonna with child, as well.

The apple (in fact probably a pomegranate) should remind us why we have been driven out of paradise. But it is an apple of salvation, not damnation (as the one plucked from the Tree of Knowledge). In fact, Mary offers us an apple symbolizing the redemption she has brought to the world by incarnating Christ. She thus appears as a New Testament antitype to Eve. Photo Paul Smit.