Images of the Virgin Mary

January 16 – July 28, 2013 (closed from May 20 - June 4)

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Images of the Virgin Mary is an exhibition of international works of art from the late fourteenth century to the mid-twentieth century. Based on the life of the Virgin Mary, the exhibition includes paintings, prints, and sculpture that illustrate the five major events of The Annunciation, The Nativity, The Flight into Egypt, The Pietà, and The Assumption and Coronation. Organized by theme, the exhibition creates a lively dialogue between artistic periods, medieval through Modern, and juxtaposes diverse styles and media. Spanning several centuries, this broad survey of Marian art allows viewers to consider the history and evolution of religious artmaking practices and to reflect on recurring iconography, or symbolic visual representations. The exhibition also highlights the myriad ways that artists have adapted and infused Marian imagery with their own historical perspectives, stylistic traditions, and cultural values.

The Haggerty Museum of Art would like to thank the lenders to the exhibition: the Chazen Museum of Art at the University of Wisconsin-Madison; the Loyola University Museum of Art, Martin D'Arcy, S.J. Collection; and The Milwaukee Art Museum.

This exhibition and accompanying programs are sponsored in part by the Edward D. Simmons Religious Commitment Fund, the Frederick A. and Mary Ellen Muth Program Endowment Fund, the John P. Raynor, S.J. Endowment Fund, the Marc and Lillian Rojtman Old Masters Lecture Series Endowment Fund, the Friends of the Haggerty, the Marquette University Women’s Council Endowment Fund, and the Wisconsin Arts Board with funds from the State of Wisconsin and the National Endowment for the Arts.


Programs for Images of the Virgin Mary


Wednesday, March 20, 6 P.M.

Marc and Lillian Rojtman Old Masters Lecture Series The Virgin Mary in the Visual Arts by scholar Melissa R. Katz.

This lecture is now available to watch online by following this link.