The Black Madonna In Europe
"Black Madonna is a nickname used in Europe.
It refers to the skin tones of Mary and the baby Jesus. Mary, Jesus St Joseph lived in a hot arid climate.
Their skin tone would be dark brown
or olive in order to survive the intensity of the sun and avoid skin cancer.
It wasn't until the Renaissance that they begin to have paintings of Jesus and Mary with alabaster skin, blue eyes and blond hair.
Previously, all religious artwork reflected the olive skin, black or brown hair and eyes of the Holy Family and the Apostles"