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Mary: Theology, Culture, Devotion & Theotokos: Art & Images

Designed for graduate and undergraduate classes, but useful for anyone doing research on Mary, the Mother of Jesus

Theotokos of the Passion

Our Lady of Perpetual Help

Icon presently in the Church of St. Alphonsus Liguori, Rome

Photograph in the public domain: from Wikipedia Commons

More art and images

For additional ways of finding images, see the Visual Research LibGuide!

CAMIO Database for pictures

ARTstor database of images

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LMU Only

ARTstor is a digital library containing nearly 1,000,000 high quality images in the areas of art, architecture, the humanities, and social sciences. (Note: LMU library account required to access database from off campus.)

While users can search and view images in ARTstor without setting up an account, registering with ARTstor will enable you to create personal folders, save and export image sets, and more.

Click here for a three-minute tutorial on how to set up an account in ARTstor.

Having trouble accessing the database? Click here for ARTstor system requirements.

NOTE: Though you may use ARTstor images for your assignment (in printed form or on Powerpoint, for example), you may not use them on a public Web site, YouTube, etc.

Keyword searches for images

Given the wide variety of titles for Mary, and various phrases used for her in the titles of icons, paintings, sculpture, different traditions, and also the various Bible pericopes involving her, be sure to try a variety of keywords.  Examples:

  "Blessed Virgin Mary","Virgin Mary", "Theotokos", "Madonna", "Our Lady of ...", "Immaculate Conception", "Presentation of Mary", "Annunciation", "Visitation", "Nativity", "Wedding at Cana", "Assumption", "Dormition", "Coronation", Crowning of Mary...", "Queen of the Rosary", "Star of the Sea", etc.