Mary, Mother of God

Devotion and Doctrine in the Visual Arts, 1450-1700


By clothing the Word with her flesh, the Virgin Mary made God visible, manifesting Christ as a perfect “image” of the Father. By virtue of this archetypal “artistry” of Incarnation, Mary mediates the tradition of Christian image-making. This volume explores images of the Mother of God in early modern devotion, piety, and power. The book is divided into four sections, the first three of which link the subjects thematically and geographically in Europe, while the last one follows Mary’s legacy.

Contributors include: Elliott D. Wise, Anna Dlabačová, James Clifton, Kim Butler Wingfield, Barbara Baert, Steven Ostrow, Barbara Haeger, Shelley Perlove, Cristina Cruz González, and Mehreen Chida-Razvi.

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Barbara Haeger, Ph.D. (University of Michigan, 1983), Associate Professor, Emerita, The Ohio State University. Her numerous articles and essays on Netherlandish art and religion include “Rubens’s Rockox Triptych: Sight Meditation, and the Justification of Images", Nederlands Kunsthistorish Jaarboek 2006.

Elliott D. Wise, Ph.D. (Emory University, 2016), Associate Professor of Art History, Brigham Young University. His research focuses on late medieval and early-modern devotional art, especially questions of liturgy, Eucharistic and Marian piety, and mysticism.

James Clifton, Ph.D. (Princeton University, 1987), Sarah Campbell Blaffer Foundation (director) and Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (curator, Renaissance and Baroque painting). He has curated numerous exhibitions and published extensively on early-modern European art, especially concerning paintings, prints, and cabinets of curiosity.
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1 Our Lady of Grace: Holy Wars and Artisanal Competitions
Elliott D. Wise

2 Marian Devotions from a Printer’s Perspective
  The Rosary, the Seven Sorrows, and Gerard Leeu (d. 1492)
Anna Dlabačová

3 “Lectulus noster floridus”: The Flower-Strewn Bed and the Virgin’s Womb
James Clifton

4 Matters of the Flesh: Michelangelo’s Madonnas
Kim Butler Wingfield

5 Revisiting the Annunciation in the Quattrocento: Wind, Kairos, Snail
Barbara Baert

6 Duplex Intercessio: The Centrality of the Virgin in Giovanni Battista Gaulli’s Dome Fresco in the Gesù
Steven F. Ostrow

7 Van Dyck’s Lamentation for the Church of the Recollects in Antwerp: Making Visible the Virgin Mary as Co-redemptrix
Barbara Haeger

8 Navigating Theological Differences: Rembrandt and the Grieving Mother of Christ
Shelley Perlove

9 Gemma Mexicanus: Our Lady of Tepepan in New Spain
Cristina Cruz González

10 Picturing the Mughal Madonna: The Virgin Mary as a Symbol of Legitimacy and Royal Authority in Jahangir’s Architecture
Mehreen Chida-Razvi

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This book will be of interest to research institutes, academic libraries, specialists, and students (undergraduate, graduate, and post-graduate), particularly within these subject areas: Art History, History, Theology, and Religious Studies. Keywords: Catholic Christianity, Immaculate Conception, intercession, Jesuit, Jesuits, Jesus, Maryam, Mary, Blessed Virgin, Mughal, New Spain, prayer, Reformation, rosary, Solomon, Trent. Marian Devotion
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