MARY: VIRGIN, MOTHER, ICON 

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The biblical figure of Mary has come to embody a variety of attributes, but above all she was celebrated for being chaste, and thus without sin. 

The earliest images of the Madonna and Child tended to be iconic, formal and non-narrative. The visual impact of such works naturally inspired devotion. 

MARY AS A VIRGIN

MADONNA AS AN ICON

MADONNA AS A MOTHER

MODERN

The most pervasive and beloved images of Mary are those that capture her in the role of mother to the Christ child, a role that is obviously central to her identity.  

The subject of the Madonna and Child has never been fully abandoned by artists, and a number of modern painters have created their own iterations of the trope. 

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van Dyck

van Dyck

van Dyck

van Dyck

van Dyck

van Dyck

van Dyck

van Dyck

van Dyck

van Dyck

van Dyck

van Dyck

van Dyck

van Dyck

Devotional images of the Virgin Mary have pervaded art history since the advent of Christianity. She has been depicted both as a saintly figure deserving of veneration and in scenes that were common to all womankind: the birth of her child, the infant cradled in his mother’s arms, her grief at his death at the Crucifixion. These archetypal images in many ways mimicked society’s views of real women, while also providing an ideal figure for their behavior. Mary: Virgin, Mother, Icon explores these tropes and more through an exploration of Madonna representations over the ages, from Early Renaissance icons to modern masterpieces.   

Northern Mannerist School 

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Giovanni dal Ponte 

Benvenuto di Giovanni 

Renaissance-Period Limoges Enamel Plaque 

Sassoferrato (Giovanni Batista Salvi) 

Domenico Puligo 

Giovanni Francesco Grimaldi 

The Golden Age:
17th-Century 

Dutch Painting

The Golden Age:
17th-Century 
Dutch Painting

The Golden Age: 17th-Century Dutch Painting

A VIRTUAL EXHIBITION

Devotional images of the Virgin Mary have pervaded art history since the advent of Christianity. She has been depicted both as a saintly figure deserving of veneration and in scenes that were common to all womankind: the birth of her child, the infant cradled in his mother’s arms, her grief at his death at the Crucifixion. These archetypal images in many ways mimicked society’s views of real women, while also providing an ideal figure for their behavior. Mary: Virgin, Mother, Icon explores these tropes and more through an exploration of Madonna representations over the ages, from Early Renaissance icons to modern masterpieces.   

The Golden Age:
17th-Century 

Dutch Painting

MARY: VIRGIN, MOTHER, ICON

A VIRTUAL EXHIBITION

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