The Immaculate Conception, 1767-69, Giovanni Battista Tiepolo, Museo del Prado.
This is an oil sketch for one of seven altar pieces comissioned for royal Church of San Pascual Bailón in Aranjuez. Most of the customary symbols of the Virgin are to be found in the painting, not least the crown of twelve stars and the crescent moon under her feet. The finished painting was to hang to the left of an image of San Pascual having a vision of an angel carrying the Blessed Sacrament. The Prado’s website commentary notes the significance of this juxtaposition with the body of the Virgin who carried Christ in her womb.
The Catholic Chaplaincy serves the students and staff of the University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh Napier University and Queen Margaret University.
The Catholic Chaplaincy is also a parish of the Archdiocese of St Andrews and Edinburgh (the Parish of St Albert the Great) and all Catholic students and staff are automatically members of this parish.