a cura di Michela Beatrice Ferri
É stata organizzata dalla National Museum of Women in Art di Washington la mostra Picturing Mary: Woman, Mother, Idea — curata da monsignor Timothy Verdon, Melissa Katz, Amy Remensnyder e Miri Rubin — che sarà aperta dal 5 dicembre fino al prossimo 12 aprile.
Washington, December 5, 2014 – April 12, 2015
Picturing Mary: Woman, Mother, Idea explores the concept of womanhood represented by the Virgin Mary as well as the social and sacred functions her image has served through time. This landmark exhibition organized by the National Museum of Women in the Arts brings together more than 60 Renaissance – and Baroque-era masterworks from the Vatican Museums, Uffizi Gallery, and other museums, churches, and private collections in Europe and the United States.
Divided into six thematic sections, the exhibition presents images of Mary as a daughter, cousin, and wife; the mother of an infant; a bereaved parent; the protagonist in a rich life story developed through the centuries; a link between heaven and earth; and an active participant in the lives of those who revere her.
The exhibition features works made by both female and male artists. Paintings by Sofonisba Anguissola, Artemisia Gentileschi, Orsola Maddalena Caccia ( an Ursuline nun who ran a bustling painting studio in her convent in northern Italy ), and Elisabetta Sirani highlight the varied ways in which women artists conceptualized the subject of Mary. These artists’ works are featured alongside treasured Marian paintings, sculptures, and drawings by Fra Filippo Lippi, Botticelli, Michelangelo, Pontormo, Giovanni Battista Tiepolo, and others.
Picturing Mary is part of NMWA’s ongoing program of major historical loan exhibitions that examine humanist themes related to womankind. The exhibition is organized by the National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, D.C., with the support of MondoMostre, Rome.
The exhibition is supported by an indemnity from the Federal Council on the Arts and the Humanities. NMWA gratefully acknowledges its partnerships with the Embassy of Italy and The Catholic University of America. Special thanks to His Eminence Donald Cardinal Wuerl and the Archdiocese of Washington.
Picturing Mary: Woman, Mother, Idea
Hardcover – December 30, 2014
By msgr. Timothy Verdon, Melissa R. Katz, Amy Remensnyder, Miri Rubin, Kathryn Wat