The Rosary Illustrated

01.23.2014 | Catholic, Fine Arts
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The Rosary is the quintessential Marian devotional tool — Catholics have prayed the Rosary and contemplated its mysteries for hundreds of years. Next month, in a new exhibit in the Marian Library, a series of paintings will be on display to highlight the Mysteries of the Rosary.

"The Rosary Illustrated" will be on display Feb. 2 through March 2 in the Marian Library Gallery on the seventh floor of the University of Dayton's Roesch Library. It is free and open to the public. Hours for the Marian Library are 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

The exhibit includes 20 paintings of the Joyful, Sorrowful, Glorious and Luminous Mysteries of the Rosary.

"The Mysteries of the Rosary narrate the important milestones of the Christian faith," said the Rev. Johann Roten, S.M., director of research and special projects for the Marian Library. "Their narrative expression begs for a visual complement."

Artist Margaret Werlinger created the paintings and recently donated them to the Marian Library. She has been creating artwork for Christmas cards and ProLife Across America for 16 years. The Rosary paintings have been reproduced and printed for use in parochial schools. 

"I donated the paintings to the University of Dayton because they have the knowledge and resources to display or lend them out for educational purposes." said Werlinger. "I hope all who view my pieces will somehow be touched and know of God’s love for each and everyone."

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