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The Valiant WomanThe Virgin Mary in Nineteenth-Century American Culture$
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Elizabeth Hayes Alvarez

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781469627410

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: September 2016

DOI: 10.5149/northcarolina/9781469627410.001.0001

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The woman Highly Blessed

The woman Highly Blessed

Marian Art and Anna Jameson’s “Great Hope,” 1850s–1870s

(p.82) Chapter Three The woman Highly Blessed
The Valiant Woman

Elizabeth Hayes Alvarez

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter examines the cultural impact of the work of British writer Anna Jameson whose 1852 work of art criticism, Legends of the Madonna, became the authoritative text on Marian art and remained influential throughout the century. It argues that Jameson’s book helped to popularize Marian art, legitimate Protestant interest in it. The book also shaped public taste toward stronger, more independent depictions of Mary and promoted more autonomous models of womanhood in American visual culture.

Keywords:   Anna Jameson, art criticism, Legends of the Madonna, Marian art, Virgin Mary, visual culture, womanhood

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