Woman, Mother, Idea
Timothy Verdon, Melissa R. Katz, Amy Remensnyder, Miri Rubin, Kathryn Wat
- Accompanies a major exhibition at the National Museum of Women in the Arts, December 5, 2014 – April 12, 2015
Iconic and devotional, but also fraught with social and political significance, the image of the Virgin Mary has shaped Western art since the sixth century. This catalogue explores the layered meanings within narratives of the Annunciation, Passion, and Assumption. The thought-provoking texts examine Mary’s image as an enthroned queen, a tender young mother and a pious woman, demonstrating how her personification of womanhood has resonated throughout history to the present day.
Timothy Verdon is director of Museo dell’Opera di Santa Maria del Fiore. Melissa R. Katz is Luther Gregg Sullivan Fellow in Art History, Wesleyan University. Amy Remensnyder is associate professor, Department of History at Brown University. Miri Rubin is professor of Medieval and Early Modern History, Queen Mary University of London. Kathryn Wat is chief curator at the National Museum of Women in the Arts.