Madonna Della Strada — the Italian for “Our Lady of the Road” — is the name of an image of the Madonna and Child enshrined at the Church of the Gesu, mother church of the Society of Jesus (the Jesuits) in Rome.
In all likelihood, the image of Our Lady of the Road dates from the middle of the 13th or the first half of the 14th century. The artist is unknown. It was originally located in a small chapel named “Our Lady of the Road” at the same location. This chapel was the first church entrusted to the Jesuits at the time of Saint Ignatius. The first Jesuits often prayed before this fresco of Our Lady.
The Jesuits built their first house, where Ignatius and his companions lodged, next to the chapel of “Our Lady of the Road.” Today, you can still visit the rooms inhabited by Saint Ignatius. This is where the saint wrote the Constitutions of the Society.