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Divine Love at San Antonio Museum of Art in Virgin Mary Exhibition

Rostros de Maria: The Virgin as Archetype and Inspiration

This fall the San Antonio Museum of Art is featuring several exhibitions that encompass a common theme: love. From ancient Greece to modern times, visitors can view art that interprets love across cultures and through the ages.

Rostros de Maria: the Virgin as Archetype and Inspiration (Portraits of Mary) reveals the depth of devotion, reverence and faith that has surrounded the worship of the Virgin Mary for centuries, influencing and inspiring peoples and cultures all over Europe and the Americas.

Throughout time, believers have endowed the Virgin Mary with a multitude of attributes ranging from queenly to humble, and she has been seen from a range of different perspectives from miracle worker to heavenly guide. Despite all the influences of time and culture, one theme has held true: that faith in the Virgin Mary brings hope and feelings of love to her followers. Her appearance in art of all forms continues to inspire and comfort believers to this day.

This exhibition draws from the Museum’s rich and varied collection of Marian art to illustrate the broad variation of the genre and the ease with which religious art adjusts to new times, places and cultures. The exhibition was curated by Marion Oettinger, curator of Latin American Art, and is on view from August 18, 2012 to February 20, 2013. 


The San Antonio Museum of Art is housed in the historic Lone Star Brewery along the Museum Reach section of the San Antonio River Walk near downtown. SAMA’s collection contains more than 25,000 works of art representing cultures from around the world and over 5,000 years of history.

SAMA is open Tuesday, Friday and Saturday: 10:00 a.m.--9:00 p.m.
                  Free Tuesdays: 4:00--9:00 p.m
Wednesdays and Thursday: 10:00 a.m.--5:00 p.m.
Sundays: 10:00 a.m.--5:00 p.m.
                 Free Sundays: 10:00 a.m.--noon