Well Read Mary

As we continue considering Virgin Mary symbolism in art during the month of May, it is interesting to note how in so many famous paintings of Mary, she is reading a book. What is she reading, and why? Mary Reads During the Annunciation We often see Mary reading in paintings of the Annunciation, as the […]

How Mary Became the Church (Literally)

Virgin Mary Symbolism in Art Parallel to the development of Mary as “Mother Nature” in Christian art symbolism is the development of the equation of  of Mary to the “Church” itself in terms of placing her within or near symbols of sacred architecture. In the second century Tertullian and other church fathers likened her virginity […]