Presentation of Mary

Presentation of Mary at the Temple stained glass window at St. Michael in Old TownThe Marian series of windows begins with the Presentation of Mary at the temple. Although this is not in the Bible, all children were presented at the temple in those times. Saints Anne and Joaquim bring Mary for the presentation. The stars in the young virgin’s halo clarify her identity. Therefore, this is not to be confused with the presentation of Jesus at the temple since His halo is a cross signifying the crucifixion to come.

Also, take a look at Saint Anne, definitely not the beautiful young idealized image all artists use to portray Mary. In all of these windows, Franz Mayer portrays the people in Renaissance dress with facial features that have been previously used in art to identify the key people.