The image of Our Lady of Pompeii represents Our Lady of the
Rosary as Queen of Heaven. She and Her Son, Jesus, are handing
out Rosaries to Saint Dominic and Saint Catherine of Siena.
The Pompeii portrait is derived from the Eastern icon style
of the 6th century.
Present devotion to Our Lady of Pompeii owes much to Blessed
Bartolo Longo, one of Her most zealous apostles. Bartolo Longo
was born in 1841, the son of a doctor and a devout Catholic
mother. His mother ensured from an early age that Bartolo developed
a great love for Our Lady through praying the Rosary.
During his student days, however, his friends drew him towards
the occult. Eventually he became a Satanic priest and condemned
the Catholic Church, deriding the hierarchy and the established
A saintly priest with a deep devotion to the Rosary brought
Bartolo back to the faith. With renewed zeal Bartolo vowed to
work for the poor and needy and endeavoured to spread devotion
to Mary through the Rosary.
On visiting Pompeii in 1872 he aimed to evangelize the people
using the Rosary. What he needed, though, was a suitable image
of the Blessed Mother to aid his mission. Fortunately a Dominican
sister supplied him with a painting of Our Lady of the Rosary,
and after restoration this painting was exposed for public veneration.
In 1883 a sanctuary was built for the image and consecrated
Many miracles are attributed to the intercession of Our Lady
of Pompeii and details from some of Her grateful recipients
can be gleaned from the links below.