Work Title: Mary in Western Art
Work Author(s): Timothy Verdon
Hudson Hills Press
10 x 13, 238 color photographs and illustrations, 234 pages, hardcover, $60.00
Reviewer: Whitney Hallberg
Miraculous Mother: Immortalized in countless works of art, worshipped in prayer around the world, the Virgin Mary has remained an enigma and object of fascination for 2,000 years.
In Mary in Western Art Hudson Hills Press, 10 x 13, 238 color photographs and illustrations, 234 pages, hardcover, $60.00, 0-9712981-9-X), Timothy Verdon, an art historian and priest, has put together a lush collection of enlightening and historically significant pieces that illustrate Mary's life and her enduring significance to Christianity. Essays by the author offer detail about the art and elaborate on Mary's place in history.
The book is divided into three main categories of Marian art. The section "Mary as Figure" features works found in churches depicting the Holy Mother with her Savior-son, often on a throne, wearing a crown, or surrounded by other royal imagery. In these works of art, Mary represents The Church; the bond between mother and child represents the...