Lawn Shrines: Bathtub Madonna

Lawn Shrines: Bathtub Madonna

Jeanine Brennan
Sep 3, 2010

Whether you call her Bathtub Mary, Madonna in a Bathtub or even Our Lady of the Bathtub, if you've lived in a charming Italian neighborhood at one time in your life, chances are you've seen one of these in a front or side yard.

I used to live in Somerville, Massachusetts and first saw statues of Mary inside bathtubs there. We used to call her Our Lady of Somerville. Somewhere in a box are hundreds of photos I took of the Madonna around the 'hood, but since I can't put my hands on them, here are a few photos of Mary here from the sweet Bathtub Mary blog to show you how great she looks and can really command a front lawn. Mary ranges from super glittery to serene and pensive. If you've got a Bathtub Mary that you pass while walking the dog or on your way to work, what does she look like?

See more Bathtub Madonnas at Bathtub Mary and read about them at Wikipedia | Bathtub Madonna.

Images: Bathtub Mary blog, Somerville Madonnas Flickr Photo Set

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