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The Black Madonna of Częstochowa also known as Our Lady of
Częstochowa, is a revered icon of the Virgin Mary housed at the Jasna Góra
Monastery in Częstochowa, Poland.
The origins of the icon and the date of its composition are
still hotly contested among scholars. The difficulty in dating the icon stems
from the fact that the original image was painted over, after being badly
damaged by Hussite raiders in 1430. The wooden boards that backed the painting
were broken and the canvas slashed. Medieval restorers unfamiliar with the
encaustic method found that the paints they applied to the damaged areas "simply
sloughed off the image" according to the medieval chronicler Risinius, and
their solution was to erase the original image and to repaint it on the