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p. 151. The Virgin Marylocked

  • Beth Williamson


Images of Christ's mother, Mary, appear frequently in Christian art. The existence of his human mother is a proof of his own humanity and she is venerated on account of her virgin motherhood. ‘The Virgin Mary’ looks at depictions in Christian art of the mother of Jesus. Her representation, dressed in traditional blue, with the Christ-child on her knee or in her arms, is a staple of Christian art. How was this image first created? What can this image tell the viewer about the Virgin Mary? This image remains popular in South America and in Catholic communities of Spanish and Latin American origin throughout the Western world.

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