Numerous pieces of Marian art in the Catholic Church covering a range of topics have been produced, from masters such as Michelangelo and Botticelli to works made by unknown peasant artisans. Marian art forms part of the fabric of Roman Catholic Marian culture through their emotional impact on the veneration of the Blessed Virgin. Images such as Our Lady of Guadalupe and the many artistic renditions of it as statues are not simply works of art but are a central elements of the daily lives of the Mexican people. The body of teachings that constitute Roman Catholic Mariology consist of four basic Marian dogmas : Perpetual virginity , Mother of God , Immaculate conception and Assumption into Heaven , derived from Biblical scripture , the writings of the Church Fathers , and the traditions of the Church. Other influences on Marian art have been the Feast days of the Church, Marian apparitions , writings of the saints and popular devotions such as the rosary , the Stations of the Cross , or total consecration, and also papal initiatives , and Marian papal encyclicals and Apostolic Letters. Each of these fundamental Mariological beliefs has given rise to Roman Catholic Marian art that has become part of Mariology, by emphasizing Marian veneration, being celebrated in specific Marian feasts, or becoming part of key Roman Catholic Marian churches.
Mary: The Virgin Mother in Art
The Virgin Mary Consoles Eve | Marg Mowczko
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Purchase prints of colorful, contemporary figurative oil paintings about the Virgin Mary. This series of paintings were inspired by a medieval hymn describing Mary and her relationship to Jesus entitled "Mary the Dawn". These paintings are a metaphor for my own experience struggling to know Christ and seek to become more like to his mother Mary. The metaphors in this poem, and others found throughout art history, continue to open my understanding of Christ's relationship with his mother. Images of the tree, the vine, the branches evoke the memory of our first mother Eve, whose disobedience was redeemed in the act of Mary's obedient "May it be to me as you have said.