A mother and a virgin, a saint and a peasant, Mary has held sway over the human imagination for centuries. In short, engaging chapters, the bestselling author of Churches delves into the worldwide cultural significance of Mary, and in 75 color illustrations, examines how she has been depicted in art from the fourth century to the present. Stressing that Mary remains relevant as both a religious icon and as the archetypal mother, Judith Dupré also visits such Marian pilgrimage sites as Lourdes and Fatima to document how believers pay homage to the mother of Jesus.
"Fifty-nine meditations (the number of beads on a traditional rosary) on Mary by a superb writer. [Dupré] possesses a poetic sensitivity for images that express what words alone can't."—National Catholic Reporter