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More Art Monday: May, the Month of the Blessed Virgin Mary   

For ages, artists have sought to capture and honor the Virgin Mary through all types of mediums. Here are some of our absolute favorites from our collection.

Blessing the Melon (The Indians Bring the Harvest to Christian Mary for Her Blessing),” c. 1918, Marsden Hartley

Virgin and Child,” c. 1500, Workshop of Andrea Della Robbia

The Virgin of the Immaculate Conception, with Saints Francis of Assisi and Anthony of Padua,” 18th Century, Follower of Diego Quispe Tito

The Annunciation,” 1898, Henry Ossawa Tanner

The Divine Shepherdess,” Late 18th Century, José Campeche y Jordán

Virgin and Angels Adoring the Christ Child,” c. 1460-70s, Luca Della Robbia


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