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New Life – Mother and Child

The Mystery of the Goddess and the Divine Mother: Rudolf Steiner’s Madonna Painting

Angela Lord

96 pp.  
8 1/2" x 11 5/8"
Illustrations: Color

Temple Lodge Press


Published:  January 2018


Rudolf Steiner’s intuitive artistic knowledge enabled him to use color in a unique way by giving expression to the individual nature of each. Together with his many lectures on art, Steiner’s paintings provide artists with fresh ways of understanding color, allowing an entirely new palette for creativity and aesthetics.

In 1924, Steiner painted a watercolor image of the Madonna and child, giving it the title New Life. Through his depiction of Mary, mother of the divine child, his painting draws us into the feminine expression of spirituality. In this highly illustrated, full-color book, Angela Lord studies this feminine principle, beginning with the very earliest stages of human evolution—the “Fall” from paradise and the prehistoric periods of Lemuria and Atlantis. From the mysteries of Egypt and Greece to the development of Christian art, she offers insights into the myths and legends of female deities and goddesses.

According to Rudolf Steiner, humanity was entering a decadent phase of development at the time of Jesus’ birth. Small groups of initiated individuals, however, were preparing for a sacred birth and the descent of a heavenly being into earthly existence. The God of the Old Testament would be revealed “in flesh,” born to a virgin mother.

In the second part, the author takes us on a journey through two thousand years of Christian art, including iconography, the Middle Ages, and the Renaissance. We see how artistic images of Mary and her Child have changed over time, why those variations have occurred, and how they reflect the changing consciousness of humanity.

Finally, the New Life painting is considered from the perspective of interactive processes of color and composition, illustrated by a series of artistic color sequences.

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