A Guided Encounter

with Picturing Mary

PicturingMary.com is offered to visitors of The National Museum for Women in the Art's exhibit Picturing Mary: Woman, Mother, Idea as a guided encounter to ten masterpieces as a means of deepening their experience of beauty by deepening their knowledge of Mary.

As visitors view each selected masterpiece, they are encouraged to read the accompanying reflection to guide their encounter with Mary.  Each reflection considers the masterpiece itself and incorporates themes and beliefs surrounding this woman’s role in history. Mary’s role as a woman, mother and idea are considered, particularly in light of the virtues she exemplifies.  The exhibit itself is a testimony to the ongoing attraction that the beauty of Mary radiates for continuing generations.  Enter into the depth of this attraction by encountering the person of Mary in each reflection.

PicturingMary.com offers a challenge to the seeker of beauty – to be inspired by beauty, by Mary and by the choice to live the virtues that radiate from this woman’s attraction. Living beautifully is living virtuously. 

Be inspired by Mary.  Be inspired by beauty.  Be a source of inspiration for others!

PicturingMary.com is funded by private individuals who support the NMWA exhibit and offer the website materials for visitors to deepen their encounter with Mary as a woman, mother and idea. The reflections were written by a woman religious, Sr. John Paul Maher, O.P., who is a member of the Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist.

Elisabetta Sirani, Virgin and Child, 1663; Gift of Wallace and Wilhelmina Holladay. Conservation funds generously provided by the Southern California State Committee of the National Museum of Women in the Arts