Different Scenes of the Virgin Mary's Life

This gallery includes artworks and representations of the Virgin Mary's life. Different scenes are shown in different ways with different art materials. This gallery was made to express Mary's challenges that she had to take on in order to raise Jesus when she said her ultimate "yes" to God. 

This is a tempera on panel painting that is dated back to 1449-1459. It depicts the Annunciation of Mary with Gabriel on the left and Mary on the right. You can see God's hand in the top of the painting that seems to be blessing Mary through the dove symbolizing the Holy Spirit. I like how the clothing is depicted as very flowy and how it takes up a lot of space. It really makes the characters in the painting stand out. The clothing also makes them look similar, and by that Mary is sort of described as like an angel, ready to take on her duty to serve God in whatever way He needs her to.
The Nativity is an oil painting by Fra Bartolommeo between 1504 and 1507. This painting describes the nativity of our Lord when Mary gave birth to the infant Jesus. Joseph and Mary are pictured, kneeling and praising the infant to represent that he is the Savior of the world. Angels are also present all around the infant to show that God had sent His spirit down to praise the newborn King.
The Adoration of the Magi is an oil on canvas painting by Abraham Bloemaert that was painted in 1624. The scene depicted is when the three kings came to the site of the birth of Jesus to see the Lord and give him gifts. Mary is represented as his mother because without her help, Jesus wouldn't be able to sit up and see the magi. To me, Mary seems to be the character that holds the painting together. She connects Jesus to the magi by letting him reach out to them. Also, Mary and Jesus are clothed in the primary colors, really making them stand out and be the center of attention.
The Virgin Mary, with the Infant and Saint John the Baptist is an oil on canvas painting by Lucas Cranach that was painted between 1509 and 1512. This time in Mary's life is Jesus' infant life. Jesus had a hidden life for the first two decades of his life where he was growing up with Mary and Joseph. John the Baptist is shown to the right of Jesus and Mary is also represented as his motherly figure. I think that she is shown as the motherly figure of everyone through this painting. Bethlehem is seen in the back left corner to represent Jesus' birth place.
Crucifix with the Virgin and Saints Francis and Agatha is another oil painting on canvas painted by Bernardino Mei. This painting depicts the hardest time in Mary's life - seeing her son die on the cross. The look of sorrow on Mary's face is devastating and Mei interpreted her feelings to the audience very well.
Pieta with Saints John the Evangelist and the Magdalene is an oil on panel painting by Ludovico Ciardi. This was another hard time in Mary's life - the burial of her son. Again, the look on Mary's face done by Ciardi shows the devastation and extreme sadness. This type of painting is known as the Pieta which is the scene of Mary holding Jesus' dead body.
The Assumption of the Virgin is an oil on canvas painting done by Domenikos Theotokopoulos between 1577 and 1579. This painting is the last part of Mary's life on Earth - her Assumption into Heaven, body and soul, by Jesus. This story is based on an account of Saint James who's depicted to be holding a book. I like how the painting is divided into two hemispheres, the earthly and the heavenly halves. The apostles are arranged in a circle, looking up at Mary in astonishment. The angels are in the sky, expressing joy towards Mary, assuming up into Heaven with them. Mary's rising from her tomb on top of a crescent moon that symbolizes her purity. Also, the hem of her dress is under the moon, connecting her to Earth as she rises up into Heaven.
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