‘Picturing Mary’ Exhibition Heralds the Christmas Season

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Wilhelmina Cole Holladay, founder of the National Museum of Women in the Arts, Cardinal Donald Wuerl and Rabbi Bruce Lustig at the Dec. 3 dinner. | Courtesy NMWA

Private events were held at the National Museum of Women in the Arts before the public Dec. 5 opening of the museum’s groundbreaking exhibition “Picturing Mary: Woman, Mother, Idea,” which explores images of the Virgin Mary by renowned Renaissance and Baroque artists. Many of the works have never been on view in the United States. Exhibition co-chairs Enrique and Alejandra Segura hosted a seated dinner Dec. 3 for major supporters of the exhibition and the museum. The program included a blessing by Cardinal Donald Wuerl, Archbishop of Washington, a special papal message from Pope Francis and a performance of Bach-Gounod’s “Ave Maria” by soprano Fabiana Bravo. Design Cuisine catered a larger buffet dinner reception the following evening.

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