Images of the Virgin Mary in Italian Art, 1260-1500
The Virgin Mary occupies a hugely important place in
the Christian religion, especially in Roman Catholic liturgy and devotions.
While she plays a surprisingly minor role in the New Testament, she was
immediately assigned an important position by the early Church and became one of
the most popular subjects for early artists. This lecture will consider a range
of representative images of the Virgin, some devotional, others narrative, that
are on display at the National Gallery. Dr Susanna Avery-Quash is the Eastlake
Research Fellow at the National Gallery, London. She is also an affiliated
lecturer at the Department of History of Art, University of Cambridge.