In many of the beautiful Iconography, Virgin Mary is depicted wearing a dark red veil and cloak. I find Her very lovely in this dark red, often with a golden face. Red, however, is also associated with a Scarlet meaning a provocative woman which Mary certainly was not.
The tradition of the Orthodox Church maintains that the first iconographer was the evangelist Luke, and that the first icon he painted under divine inspiration was of the Mother of God holding the Christ-child. Mary is shown wearing a veil typical of Jewish women of the period, an historical fact no doubt, but which also reveals to us her humility and piety. The veil is red, the colour of divinity, whilst the clothes under the veil are green or blue, the colours of humanity.
It is because in Christian iconography colors carry meaning. If you examine an Orthodox icon of Christ and one of the Theotokos Holy Virgin Mary you will notice that the color of their garments is reversed. Christ's inner garment is the same or nearly so of the outer garment of the Theotokos, and vis versa.
The Virgin Mary is not only mother to Jesus, but to all humanity. But what does it mean to be a mother? The large figures of Mary and Jesus dominate the picture plane.
I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me, though he die, yet will he live. Whoever lives and believes in me will never die.
All rights reserved. In a small Roman Catholic chapel in Bosnia and Herzegovina, in the village of Medjugorje, Ivan Dragicevic walks down the aisle, kneels in front of the altar, bows his head for a moment, and then, smiling, lifts his gaze heavenward. His daily conversation with the Virgin Mary has begun.
She accompanied Joseph to Bethlehemwhere Jesus was born. According to Catholic and Orthodox teachings, at the end of her earthly life her body was raised directly into Heaven ; this is known in the Christian West as the Assumption. Mary has been venerated since early Christianity  and is considered by millions to be the most meritorious saint of the religion.
In the world of art, the Virgin Mary most often is depicted in blue or red clothing. I am interested, however, in the associations that Mary has with the color purple. It is not terribly common to see Mary depicted in purple, even though there is interesting symbolism and iconography associated with that color and the Virgin. One depiction of Mary in purple borderline indigo?
To start off, the color blue has deep biblical roots in the Old Testament. According to Dr. Jared Staudtthe color is specifically mentioned as the color of the people of Israel in the book of Numbers.
Wearing the veil during Mass shows devotion to the Virgin Mary. The veil symbolizes the Virgin Mary's meekness and humility, as well as her submission and obedience to Jesus Christ as her Lord and Savior. For if a woman will not veil herself, then she should cut off her hair; but if it is disgraceful for a woman to be shorn or shaven, let her wear a veil.