The dark-skinned virgin, venerated in the Catholic Church, is the patron saint of Brazil. Her feast day is celebrated every year on October 12th.
Painters and sculptors throughout the history of western art have used their skills in creating images of the Madonna.
Vera’s image inspired me to create the origami version of the virgin shown in the photo here. Unlike Our Lady of Aparecida, this virgin holds in her arms a child that is clothed in a white tunic.
To make the virgen’s halo: You can use any ring or wreath you like. In this case, I used models found in Origami Rings & Wreaths by Tomoko Fuse.
To make the child:
- Make the head in a similar fashion as the virgin’s, but smaller.
- Here are step folds for the tunic.
- Here are step folds for the hands.
- For the halo, be creative, there are dozens of origami wreaths and rings you can use. This one in particular is called “sunburst”. Diagrams found in Complete Origami(Eric Kenneway) p.110