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The Virgin in Art
     

The Virgin in Art

by Kyra Belan
 
During the Renaissance, Italian painters would traditionally depict the wives of their patrons as Madonnas. The artists would often overstate the beauty of their models, rendering them more beautiful than they actually were. The contemporary representation of the Mother of Christ, however, tended to remain unchanged. With the passing of time, Mary gradually lost some

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During the Renaissance, Italian painters would traditionally depict the wives of their patrons as Madonnas. The artists would often overstate the beauty of their models, rendering them more beautiful than they actually were. The contemporary representation of the Mother of Christ, however, tended to remain unchanged. With the passing of time, Mary gradually lost some of her spiritual characteristics and became more human and more accessible to mortal sentiments.

The path, which led artists from portraying the sacred to the profane, is discussed by the author: a study of women through the changing image of the Virgin Mary, over the past two thousand years, and which is still very evident today. This book explores an exciting new way of understanding representations of the emblematic female Christian figure.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780760774441
Publisher:
Sterling Publishing
Publication date:
08/25/2005
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
9.84(w) x 13.00(h) x 0.98(d)

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