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Five (OK, six) artworks you won't want to miss
Five (OK, six) artworks you won't want to miss

Among the great pleasures of "Picturing Mary: Woman, Mother, Idea," the exhibit at the National Museum of Women in the Arts, is that visitors can get up close and personal with some of the masterworks on display. Instead of towering high on museum walls, viewers can come close enough to scrutinize a scattering of seeds beneath the Virgin's foot or the pattern on her head scarf. Recently, Virginia Treanor, associate curator of the National Museum of Women in the Arts, took the time to discuss five images that merit intimate scrutiny: •The show currently contains a sketch in ink by Michelangelo from around 1506 called "Study for the Head of the Madonna for the...

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