Saturday, December 6, 2014

'Picturing Mary'

Long before Madonna became the icon of pop culture. the original Madonna was the focus of worship for millions of Christians for over 2000 years. That would be the original Mary, the mother of Jesus.

“Picturing Mary: Woman, Mother, Idea,” a new exhibit at the National Museum of Women in the Arts (NMWA) , takes a look at the representation of the Virgin Mary in Renaissance and Baroque Europe. This landmark exhibition brings together more than 60 Renaissance- and Baroque-era masterworks from the Vatican Museums, Uffizi Gallery, and other museums, churches, and private collections in Europe and the United States. Presenting the multi-faceted images of Mary is part of the NMWA's ongoing program of major historical loan exhibitions that examine humanist themes related to womankind.

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Elisabetta Sirani, Virgin and Child (detail), 1663; Gift of Wallace and Wilhel - See more at:

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