07 January 2021, The Tablet

The Madonna in a sun hat

Pilgrimage special

The Madonna in a sun hat

‘I would love to see this Madonna take life and walk the old, worn paths of the Camino’
Mary Colwell


Statues of medieval pilgrims are invariably a romanticised image of solo men striding forth carrying a staff and a gourd for water, their cloaks ­flapping in the wind. None I was aware of were of single women.

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