August 15, 2017

 In MOA Artwork of the Week

Julian Alden Weir, "Mary Kneeling"

Julian Alden Weir (1852-1919), Mary Kneeling, ink, 21 7/16 x 15 1/2 inches. Brigham Young University Museum of Art, purchase/gift of the Mahonri M. Young Estate, 1959.

In Western Catholic tradition, today is the Feast of the Assumption of Mary, celebrating the day where tradition states that Mary, the mother of Jesus Christ, ascended into Heaven, thus concluding her life on Earth.

This sketch by Julian Alden Weir depicts Mary as the traditional, serene, humble figure, arms and palms open to receiving revelation.

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