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Virgin in Art

Author(s): Kyra Belan

ISBN13: 9781844847327

ISBN10: 1844847322


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  • The art world is filled with the presence of the Virgin Mary - a fundamental symbol of motherhood, who has been radiating youthfulness, tenderness and compassion for 2000 years. The author leads a comprehensive tour analysing the profound meaning to be found in the images from personal interpretations to spiritual reflections on a universal level. There are more than 200 illustrations.

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    During the Renaissance, Italian painters often overstated the beauty of their models, rendering them more beautiful than they actually were. The artists would also traditionally depict the wives of their patrons as Madonnas. With time, the Virgin Mary gradually lost some of her spiritual characteristics and became more human. The path, which led artists from portraying the sacred to the profane, is discussed by the author: a study of women through the changing image of the Virgin Mary over the past two thousand years, a subject which is still very much in evidence today. This book explores an exciting new way of understanding representations of the emblematic female Christian figure.


Virgin in Art