Picturing Mary

Woman, Mother, Idea

Timothy Verdon, Melissa R. Katz, Amy Remensnyder, Miri Rubin, Kathryn Wat

ISBN: 978 1 85759 895 7
Size: 280 x 240 mm / 9.5 x 11 in.
Binding: hardback
Pages: 160
Images: 100 colour

UK £29.95 / US $45


  • Accompanies a major exhibition at the National Museum of Women in the Arts, December 5, 2014 - April 12, 2015


Iconic and devotional, but also fraught with social and political significance, the image of the Virgin Mary has shaped Western art since the sixth century. This catalogue explores the layered meanings within narratives of the Annunciation, Passion, and Assumption. The thought-provoking texts examine Mary’s image as an enthroned queen, a tender young mother and a pious woman, demonstrating how her personification of womanhood has resonated throughout history to the present day.


Timothy Verdon is director of Museo dell’Opera di Santa Maria del Fiore. Melissa R. Katz is Luther Gregg Sullivan Fellow in Art History, Wesleyan University. Amy Remensnyder is associate professor, Department of History at Brown University. Miri Rubin is professor of Medieval and Early Modern History, Queen Mary University of London. Kathryn Wat is chief curator at the National Museum of Women in the Arts.


"A landmark exhibition... bringing together masterworks from major museums, churches and private collections in Europe and the United States."
Wall Street International

"A remarkable assortment of beautiful sacred art… even for the nonbeliever, the depictions of Mary reveal the concerns of the time, the sensibilities of the artist, the fashion of the day and the debates within the Church about particular aspects of the faith at that time."
National Catholic Register