Divine Mirrors

Divine Mirrors : The Virgin Mary in the Visual Arts

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'Divine Mirrors', the catalogue for an exhibition of Marian iconography, examines the relation between sacred imagery and secular identity through a unique selection of paintings, sculpture, rare books, and works on paper. Il Pintoricchio, Mantegna, Durer, Munch, and Leger are among the artists represented; also included in the exhibition are a rare duecento panel painting, illuminated Books of Hours, and a specially commissioned artwork exploring the intersection of sacred imagery and secular identity. An essay by project director Melissa Katz focuses on artistic themes treaded in terms of 'resonance with ordinary women'. A guest essay by Robert Orsi, noted author and Professor of Religious Studies, Indiana University, examines the response of Americans to religious art in museums. Rounding out the text are brief interpretive essays by faculty members covering such topics as Marian iconography in Greco-Roman tradition, European religious practices in non-Western cultures, and envisioning the Virgin's voice in musical composition. The book should appeal both to a general audience and to scholars in religious and art history and women's studies. It also should have a life span well beyond that of teh typical exhibition catalogue.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 320 pages
  • 213.4 x 279.4 x 25.4mm | 1,247.39g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • numerous colour and halftone illustrations
  • 0195145585
  • 9780195145588

Table of contents

Part I Essays: Robert Orsi, The Many Names of the Mother of God; Melissa R. Katz, Regarding Mary - Women's Lives Reflected in Mary's Image. Part II Other Voices: Mary R. Lefkowitz: Mary and the ancient Goddesses; Sharon K. Elkins, Mary in the Christian Tradition; Claire Fontijn-Harris, The Virgin's Voice - Representations of Mary in 17th-Century Italian Song; Ifeanyi Anthony Menkiti, In a Corner of Africa - Reflections on the Virgin Mary. Part III Catalogue Entries. Part IV Checklist of Works of Art with Marian Themes in the Collection of the Davis Museum and Cultural Center, Wellesley College.show more

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Praise for the exhibition: "A superb exhibition.... A fascinating, visually mesmerizing show."--Joanne Silver, Boston HeraldPraise for the exhibition: "Katz has skillfully mixed nine centuries' worth of paintings, sculpture, drawings, prints, and photographs. She uses these as a springboard to examine themes including Jewish and Islamic parallels to the Christian Mary; the vulnerability in old age of the mother who had just one child; and the prosperous, contented images of the Madonna used to promote the repopulation of Europe in the wake of the plague."--Christine Temin, Boston Globe"This collection of works of art presents for us a clear picture of how Mary affected society in the past and still dies today--a timeless vision no matter where we live or who we are. It is one of the most beautifully-illustrated and articulated volumes of its kind and as such is an invaluable educational and research tool for all interested in the topic."--Renaissance Quraterly Praise for the exhibition: "A superb exhibition.... A fascinating, visually mesmerizing show."--Joanne Silver, Boston Herald Praise for the exhibition: "Katz has skillfully mixed nine centuries' worth of paintings, sculpture, drawings, prints, and photographs. She uses these as a springboard to examine themes including Jewish and Islamic parallels to the Christian Mary; the vulnerability in old age of the mother who had just one child; and the prosperous, contented images of the Madonna used to promote the repopulation of Europe in the wake of the plague."--Christine Temin, Boston Globe "This collection of works of art presents for us a clear picture of how Mary affected society in the past and still dies today--a timeless vision no matter where we live or who we are. It is one of the most beautifully-illustrated and articulated volumes of its kind and as such is an invaluable educational and research tool for all interested in the topic."--Renaissance Quraterly Praise for the exhibition: "A superb exhibition.... A fascinating, visually mesmerizing show."--Joanne Silver, Boston Herald Praise for the exhibition: "Katz has skillfully mixed nine centuries' worth of paintings, sculpture, drawings, prints, and photographs. She uses these as a springboard to examine themes including Jewish and Islamic parallels to the Christian Mary; the vulnerability in old age of the mother who had just one child; and the prosperous, contented images of the Madonna used to promote the repopulation of Europe in the wake of the plague."--Christine Temin, Boston Globe "This collection of works of art presents for us a clear picture of how Mary affected society in the past and still dies today--a timeless vision no matter where we live or who we are. It is one of the most beautifully-illustrated and articulated volumes of its kind and as such is an invaluable educational and research tool for all interested in the topic."--Renaissance Quraterly Praise for the exhibition: "A superb exhibition.... A fascinating, visually mesmerizing show."--Joanne Silver, Boston HeraldPraise for the exhibition: "Katz has skillfully mixed nine centuries' worth of paintings, sculpture, drawings, prints, and photographs. She uses these as a springboard to examine themes including Jewish and Islamic parallels to the Christian Mary; the vulnerability in old age of the mother who had just one child; and theprosperous, contented images of the Madonna used to promote the repopulation of Europe in the wake of the plague."--Christine Temin, Boston Globe"This collection of works of art presents for us a clear picture of how Mary affected society in the past and still dies today--a timeless vision no matter where we live or who we are. It is one of the most beautifully-illustrated and articulated volumes of its kind and as such is an invaluableeducational and research tool for all interested in the topic."--Renaissance Quraterlyshow more

About Melissa R. Katz

Melissa R. Katz is Curator of European Art at the Davis Museum and Cultural Center at Wellesley College. Robert A. Orsi is Professor of Religion at Indiana University and author of The Madonna of 115th Street and Gods and the City.show more

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