CUA Mary Artworks
Among the most important subjects in Western art for more than a millennium was a young woman: Mary, the mother of Jesus.
Picturing Mary Exhibit
NMWA has brought together masterworks from major museums, churches, and private collections in Europe and the United States.
CUA Programming
In a unique partnership, Catholic University has developed auxiliary programming for the NMWA exhibition that draws on the scholarship of University faculty from several disciplines.
Dramatic Adaptations
CUA Dept of Drama to present 15th-century adaptations about the Virgin Mary.
CUA Mary Artworks
Her name was given to cathedrals, her face imagined by painters and her feelings explored by poets… Mary adorns the CUA campus in many ways.
Picturing Mary Exhibit
Picturing Mary will offer insight into the manner in which both female and male artists conceptualized their images of Mary.
Grad Student Conference
CUA will co-host an interdisciplinary graduate conference to explore the influence of Mary and her image through time.

University Collaborated with Museum on Landmark Exhibit

Picturing Mary: Woman, Mother, Idea was a landmark exhibit featuring more than 60 paintings, sculptures, and textiles by many of the best-known Renaissance and Baroque artists. The exhibit ran from December 5, 2014 to April 12, 2015 at Washington, D.C.’s National Museum of Women in the Arts (NMWA) and received much acclaim. With support from our scholars, we developed auxiliary programming for the exhibition that drew on the scholarship of University faculty from several disciplines.

Students and faculty from across our campus – theologians, art historians, actors and playwrights, musicologists, historians, and scholars of literature – explored the enduring relevance of Mary’s inspiration, while at the same time sought an enhanced understanding of the historic works in this show. “The University’s partnership is such a natural fit” says Nora Heimann, chair of CUA’s Department of Art and associate professor of art history. “We are eager to approach this venerable subject, in a very new and fresh way while documenting our efforts on this web site! Visit >

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