The earliest depictions of Mary date still to Early Christianity (2nd to 3rd centuries), found in the Catacombs of Rome. The classical "Madonna" or "Theotokos" imagery develops from the 5th century, as Marian devotion rose to great importance after the Council of Ephesus formally affirmed her status as "Mother of God or Theotokos ("God-bearer") in 431.
She liked how he did not ‘go running to the press’ after their first date, a source said.
The two have been seen on a getaway in Lisbon as they continue to get to know each other.
Madonna has reportedly dumped her boyfriend of more than a year - and traded him in for an older man.
The pop singer, 58, appears to be continuing her trend of dating younger men by ditching Aboubakar Soumahoro, 26, for model Kevin Sampaio, 31.
Madonna’s custody battle with her eldest son Rocco, 16, who is now living with his father Guy Ritchie in London, added to the tensions.
Mr Sampaio is said to have impressed Madonna by keeping their friendship quiet and earning her trust.
Liturgy depicting Mary as powerful intercessor (such as the Akathist) was brought from Greek into Latin tradition in the 8th century.
The Greek title of Δεσποινα (Despoina) was adopted as Latin Domina "Lady".
A spokesman for Madonna would only say ‘not true’ when asked about her breakup and her new boyfriend.
The word is from Italian ma donna, meaning 'my lady'.
The medieval Italian Ma Donna These names signal both the increased importance of the cult of the virgin and the prominence of art in service to Marian devotion during the late medieval period.