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The New Yorker Magazine Cover Pays Stirring Tribute To ‘Our Lady’, Notre Dame
By Mikelle Leow, 19 Apr 2019
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The aftermath from the fire that broke out at Notre Dame Cathedral is felt by the world. On the internet, where geographic barriers aren’t so much of a limit, social media users, celebrities, and artists from around the world have offered their words of comfort to the people of Paris.
For its 29 April issue, the New Yorker Magazine has dedicated its cover to the 854-year-old landmark. While the blaze was indeed a tragedy, the artwork—created by American illustrator Bob Staake—depicts strength and hope.
The fire may have destroyed parts of the cathedral, including its hallmark spire, but its interior and some of its precious relics have miraculously survived.
After being threatened, the core of Notre Dame is still standing. This reassuring message is illustrated in the cover, titled Our Lady, where Staake has illuminated the building’s “heart.”
“If history teaches us anything, it’s that out of flames can come rebirth,” the artist describes.
The name Notre Dame is French for “Our Lady,” and is in reference to the Blessed Virgin Mary.
The building’s damage is said to have been associated with a restoration project that began just days before, and has now been attributed to an electrical short-circuit.
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