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Picturing Mary: Woman, Mother, Idea

Picturing Mary: Woman, Mother, Idea


Iconic and devotional, but also fraught with social and political significance, the image of the Virgin Mary has shaped Western art since the sixth century. Depictions of the Virgin Mary in art through the ages are examined from a unique combination of religious, cross-cultural, and contemporary art-historical perspectives. NMWA’s catalogue presents thought-provoking texts that examine Mary’s image as an enthroned queen, a tender young mother, and a pious woman, demonstrating how her personification of womanhood has resonated throughout history to the present day. Hardcover, 160 pages.