Madonna and Child

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The Christ child holds a fruit, possibly a gourd, an ancient symbol of the Resurrection. The star on the shoulder of the Virgin Mary’s cloak refers to her title as ‘Star of the Sea’, protector and guide of those at sea. This is one of the artworks presented by the Liverpool Royal Institution. Liverpool’s economic development grew directly from Britain’s involvement with transatlantic slavery: the kidnapping, enslavement and forced migration of people from West Africa to the Americas and many to the Caribbean. Many members of the Royal Institution made their fortunes directly through the trade or indirectly through the wider economy. This wealth was largely how they were able to bring rare art and treasures, such as this, to the city