Faith and art go hand in hand

The link between art and faith goes back thousands of years.

Man has always tried to convey his devotion through pieces of art, whether paintings, frescoes, sculpture, architecture or other arts.

We see displays of religious art in the most marvellous monuments that are still the objects of study in Rome, Paris, Milan, and all over the world.

This connection is also visible in the art of jewellery, where jewels transform an amulet into a piece of high beauty.

Leitão & Irmão, perhaps because of its historical heritage, but also because it is recognised for making high quality pieces in the best materials and respecting the best manufacturing techniques, was chosen by the faithful to manufacture the crown of Our Lady of Fatima in the Shrine of Fatima.

This feat has been repeated and when there was a need to create new crowns for other purposes, Leitão & Irmão brought the best of its artists and goldsmiths to create a piece of jewellery art.

The history of the Precious Crowns, how they were realised, how the creative and manufacturing process took place is now recorded in a book edition of the Shrine of Fatima with the Coordination of Ana Rita Santos and Marco Daniel Duarte.

The records of the Leitão house were consulted in order to historically record the steps that led to the creation of one of the works of contemporary Portuguese religious art.

In this edition we can find valuable information such as the fact that the image of Our Lady of Fatima in the Chapel of the Apparitions in Fatima has not always had a crown associated with it.

Although depictions of Our Lady of Fatima are finalised with a crown, it was without a crown that she reportedly appeared to pilgrims.

Only in 1941 did a group of Portuguese start a movement that culminated in a national petition to manufacture a queen's crown for Our Lady of Fatima. They asked for jewellery, not money, in order to materialise the crown directly with the gifts of each person.

In 1989 the precious crown was enriched with a foreign element: the bullet extracted from the body of Pope John Paul II after the attack in Rome on 13 May 1981.

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