Why do we remember the month of May and Mary, mother of Our Lord?
This Christian custom of dedicating the month of May to the Blessed Virgin arose at the end of the 13th century. In this way, the Church was able to Christianize the secular feasts which were wont to take place at that time. In the 16th century, books appeared and fostered this devotion.
The practice became especially popular among the members of the Jesuit Order — by 1700 it took hold among their students at the Roman College and a bit later it was publicly practiced in the Gesu Church in Rome. From there it spread to the whole Church.
This one of Madonna and Child by Duccio. Duccio di Buoninsegna (c. 1255-1260 – c. 1318-1319) was an Italian artist . Born in Siena, Tuscany, he worked mostly with pigment and egg tempera and he painted religious subjects .