Ethnic Images of Mary


We are accustom to beautiful images of Mary picturing her as a white, European. However, she was from the Middle East and most likely looked Middle Eastern. Artist’s models and concepts of beauty are influenced by their culture. Now artists are emerging who are painting Mary as if she was born in their country because they can relate and connect better to the living Mary when their prayer is triggered by an image they are familiar with. The results are stunning, opening our hearts and souls to different qualities and graces of Mary.

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Our Lady of LaVang

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Our Lady of the Philippines


The Holy Family, India

19 thoughts on “Ethnic Images of Mary

  1. These images are stunning in their simplicity and Beauty. Thank you for reminding us of a very great truth; namely that we are not the only ones who worship Our Lord and venerate His Blessed Mother.

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