Through the course of history the Blessed Virgin Mary has been the famous subject of theologian, mainly catholic, art. There are many different forms of Marian Art and while they are appreciated for the aesthetic qualities, the symbolism is woven into The Church’s teachings. Mary has been sculpted by Michelangelo, painted by Botticelli and depicted by lesser known artists too. Through time central themes developed into the images we know today.
In Christianity, the taking up of the Virgin Mary into heaven in body and soul after her death is known as the assumption. According to Roman Catholic and the traditions of the Roman Catholic Church, “having completed the course of her earthly life, was assumed body and soul into heavenly glory.” Mary’s passage into heaven is called the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary. In this statue Mary is holding her arms above her head, welcoming God’s glory.
The Immaculate Conception
Virgin Mary Sacred Heart symbolizes the immaculate conception. Here Mary is depected showing her pure heart. This statue represents one of the largest and most popular styles of statues within our religious gallery. As the mother of Christ and the most holy lady, the Madonna serves as a symbol of goodness and purity and is universally popular as sign of inspiration.
Mother of God
The Blessed Virgin Mary, the Mother of God, appeared six times to three shepherd children, to the little village of Fatima which had remained faithful to the Catholic Church during the recent persecutions by the government. Our Lady came with a message from God to every man, woman, and child of our century. Our Lady of Fatima promised that the whole world would be in peace, and that many souls would go to Heaven if Her requests were listened to and obeyed. Fatima is a visit by Our Heavenly Mother Mary in our time for our time. It is a Message of concern, a practical plan for world peace, a promise of Heaven.
This work of art expresses Virgin Mary’s “real and perpetual virginity even in the act of giving birth to Jesus the Son of God made Man.” According to the Catholic Church Mother Mary was ever virgin as Jesus was her only biological son whose conception and birth were considered miraculous.