The Virgin Mary

As the mother of Jesus, the Virgin Mary is considered particularly holy in the Orthodox and Roman Catholic churches. Loyal, gentle, pure, she is revered as both a virgin and a mother.

The Virgin is shown in different ways and often features in scenes that describe her life or that of Christ. Often these depictions are meant as a channel for personal worship and prayer. She may be dressed in blue, the colour of the sky, and wear a crown as the Queen of Heaven.

  • Stained glass window showing the Virgin Mary and Child
  • Netherlands, probably about 1505
  • Museum no. 293:1-1874
 
The Virgin Mary
 

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The Virgin and Child
The Virgin and Child

Sorrow over Christ's Death
Sorrow over Christ's Death

Lily
Lily