Posture of Mary  - (Luis Delgado)

This gallery includes representations of the Virgin Mary through paintings.

I decided to open the gallery with this particular painting simply because this is one of few instances where the Virgin Mary is featured alone. There are a couple things that seem to become a standard for depicting the Virgin Mary in paintings. First, her posture. The Virgin Mary is almost always looking down. In this particular piece titled Madonna in prayer, Mary is praying which naturally one would be looking down. Another way in which Mary is represented consistently with is the color of her clothes. The dark background in this painting allow for the blue, white, and red wardrobe to pop out.
This painting shows Mary in a much different perspective although she is painted in the same posture and blue and red wardrobe. Her posture this time makes her head rest on the child, and the child seems to have taken off a crown on top of Mary’s head. Mary’s subtle grin is what gives the painting life, and with the dark background it almost seems as if they were posing for this painting.
Unlike the last two paintings, there is a lot going on around Mary in this particular painting. There are many different people gathered around Mary and her child, but Mary is still represented in the same posture and wardrobe. All the attention seems to be toward Mary and the baby, with the exception of the lady on the right-hand side. Also, despite the other people and the mountains and stormy clouds in the background, Mary’s blue and red wardrobe is placed right in the center demanding your attention.
This painting portrays Mary as a shepherdess as some sheep around her are giving her roses. Saint Michael Archangel, the chief of the heavenly armies, is flying in the nightly background. Despite the many different things happening in the painting, Mary is perfectly centered and emphasized with her bright blue and red wardrobe.
This painting depicts the annunciation in which an angel tells Mary the she will give birth to the son of God. Mary’s body language in her hands makes it appear as if she is talking, but her posture is the same as we have seen before. The painter, Francisco de Zurbaran, paints furniture and books around Mary to represent the angel interrupting her with news. Also, instead of Mary being centered she is off to the side portraying that the conversation between the angel and Mary is the center of importance.
In this painting Mary is above everyone else in the painting and has two angels spreading out her robe as she opens her arms as to protect the people under her. Jesus is also in this painting pointing to his mother while talking to Saint Dominic, the man in the right.
Pere Serra paints this image of Mary centered with angels on each of her sides playing music as she holds a child in her signature posture. Up until then, Mary has been wearing red and blue, but this time she is wearing only blue but is in front of a red background.
In this piece, Mary is holding a child and posing for a painting. Saint Luke is the one portrayed painting Mary as she poses with her head down wearing her blue and red outfit. On the canvas you can see an outline of Mary already being painted. It’s interesting to think if the painting on Saint Luke’s canvas is that of an earlier real life painting of Mary.
Here we have the crucifixion of Jesus with Mary at his feet. Nothing really seems to pop out of this painting besides Mary’s red robe, but it is Mary’s posture that makes this painting interesting. We see Mary in her warm motherly pose, almost emotionless, at the side of her son whom had just been crucified.
I wanted to end this gallery with a curveball. Here we have Mary with her child, her outfit, and the same posture, except this time Mary’s eyes are focused on you, the viewer. The child’s eyes are also focused on the viewer. If it was not for her outfit, the Virgin Mary would almost go unrecognized in this painting.
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