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The Virgin Mary

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This is a topical collection of artworks related to the Virgin Mary, a religious figure honored by many faiths and particularly revered in the Roman Catholic and Eastern Orthodox churches.

Compare the many ways that Mary is portrayed across the globe. How is she posed? Are others included in the image? What colors or symbols are prevalent?

This collection gives insight not only into the religious significance of Mary, but also into the spread and adaptation of Christianity as it is practiced in various parts of the world. In addition, viewers might consider how different artists add their unique perspective to a common and widely-known subject.

tags: religion, Christianity, Jesus, Maria, Mary, Virgen, Virgin, Madonna, Maria, Theotokos, comparison

Madonna And Child

National Museum of the American Indian

Virgen de Monserrate

Smithsonian American Art Museum

La Virgen y el Nino

Smithsonian American Art Museum

The Three Maries

National Museum of American History

The Virgin Mary at prayer from the Impey album

Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery

The Virgin Mary and the Miracle of Changing Water into Wine

Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery

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National Museum of African Art

Two Marys (Empyrean Children)

Smithsonian American Art Museum

The All-Powerful Hand

National Museum of American History

Virgen de Monserrate

National Museum of American History

Virgen de Monserrate

National Museum of American History

Barbie Dressed as La Virgen de la Caridad del Cobre

National Museum of American History

Virgin and Child

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Christ and Mother Mary

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Mother and Child

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Madonna

Smithsonian American Art Museum

madonna

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

Madonna & child

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

Madonna and Child

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Madonna and Child

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Madonna and Child

Archives of American Art

Madonna and Child

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Black Madonna and Child

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden