Item description for Blessed Art Thou: Mother, Lady, Mystic, Queen by Michael O'Neill McGrath & Richard N. Fragomeni...
Overview "Blessed Art Thou: Mother, Lady, Mystic, Queen" features vibrant contemporary art of the Virgin Mary by renowned artist, painter, and author Michael O'Neill McGrath, OSFS, of Washington D.C., along with prayers written by Richard Fragomeni, priest of the diocese of Albany, New York and associate professor of Word and Worship at Catholic Theological Union in Chicago. Brother Mickey also contributes his own writings and reflection that inspired the creation of each of the individual works in the book. The book is not only a beautiful addition to a library and art collection but one that can be utilized to aid in ones own prayer, imagery and reflection. The original paintings were created with acrylic paint on watercolor paper, creating a soft yet vibrant color effect, and then beautifully reproduced and artfully integrated with the text and prayers. Many of the paintings in the collection are the result of McGrath's loving fascination with black pilgrimage Madonnas. Mary is presented throughout as an inclusive and unifying figure in an increasingly diverse church. The titles in the book which inspired each of the paintings are from the Litany of Loreto, one of the oldest prayers of the Catholic Church, and passed down through the ages from sources like scripture's Song of Songs and the Agathistos (a Greek litany dating from the sixth century). These 20 images celebrate various loving and reverent names for Mary: Our Mother, Our Lady, Our Mystic, Our Queen.
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Studio: World Library Publications
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 12.28" Width: 9.44" Height: 0.61" Weight: 2.1 lbs.
Release Date Aug 1, 2004
Publisher World Library Publications
ISBN 1584591773 ISBN13 9781584591771
Availability 0 units.
More About Michael O'Neill McGrath & Richard N. Fragomeni
Michael O Neill McGrath is a brother of the Oblates of St. Francis DeSales. He taught art at DeSales University for eleven years before working full time in the ministry of art as a painter, illustrator, writer, speaker, and retreat leader."
Michael O'Neill McGrath currently resides in Washington Camde.
Reviews - What do customers think about Blessed Art Thou: Mother, Lady, Mystic, Queen?
living tradition Aug 9, 2006
This book presents images and reflections on the Blessed Mother that take rich traditional language and imagery for a new day. Michael McGrath's paintings particularly are beautiful, playful, devotional. The whole book inspired me and connected me with Mary --and throught her to the living Church and to God. The book reminds me of the value of beauty as a gateway to God.
Author makes Mary personable... Jul 1, 2005
Beautiful artwork, fascinating personal insights by the author, and meaningful prayers. Taking numerous names given to Mary (Queen of Angels, Gate of Heaven, Virgin, etc.) the artist (and author) created pictures and his own modern, personal view of how Mary fits these titles and what they mean. The author shares how he chose to do each picture (inspiration, colors, etc.) and it's wonderful to look at the picture and feel what he was trying to express. The author makes Mary more personable and down to earth. For example-instead of Mary sitting on a throne as other artists have been wont to do, this artist places her in a rocking chair. He brings her to us where we are. Wonderful book.
Mixes Age-Old Tradition with Bold New Interpretation Oct 18, 2004
Both the art work and the prayers in this book are beautiful. I like the way the authors see Mary as a kind of symbol of the Holy Spirit, reminding us of God's feminine dimension. As the artist states, this book is for those "who find delight in a God who is more than white and male." It is inspired and inspiring. I highly recommend it.