Sunday, August 25, 2002

Vatican artwork on display in Dayton

The Associated Press

        DAYTON, Ohio - Art from the Vatican rarely seen by the public will be shown at the University of Dayton, the university said.

        An exhibit titled “The Mother of God: Art Celebrates Mary” is scheduled to run two months at the university's library in fall 2003.

        The 38 artworks date from the 4th century to the late 20th century and show Mary, the mother of Jesus, in various cultures and forms.

        The oil paintings, gold-leaf portraits, statues and other works show Mary's impact in regions such as Africa, Asia, Central Europe, Russia, South America and the Solomon Islands.

        Many of the pieces are not in the public part of the Vatican and only are seen during special exhibitions, said the Rev. Johann Roten, director of the Marian Library-International Marian Research Institute.

        The institute is hosting the exhibit with the 11,000-student Roman Catholic university where it is based.


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