Virgin and Child in Majesty, 1175–1200. French. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1916 (16.32.194a, b) | In medieval sculpture, individual body parts were often accentuated to convey meaning. Here, Mary's oversized hands direct our attention to Jesus, enthroned upon his mother's lap. Hear and watch diverse viewpoints on this sculpture. #MetViewpoints
Bust of the Virgin, ca. 1390–95. Bohemian. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. The Cloisters Collection, 2005 (2005.393) | Elegiac, dignified, and poised, the Virgin tilts her youthful head as if burdened by the weight of the ornate crown, and her downcast eyes and pursed lips convey her sorrowful resignation. #cloisters
“I know a 'face' where the wild thyme blows, Where oxlips and the nodding violet grows, Quite over-canopied with luscious woodbine, With sweet musk-roses and with eglantine.” William Shakespeare, A Midsummer Night's Dream
Hail Mary Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee. Blessed art thou among women and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death. Amen.