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In past years, local programming, notably, the Illinois Patrons’ Art as a Carrier of Faith at the Art Institute of Chicago focused on art and the role of beauty.  In 2020, we became absorbed in the pandemic and related economic and social upheaval.  In response, the Illinois Patrons decided to retrieve the Marian art tradition, depictions of Mary, Mother of Jesus, a universal role model for comfort and patient in the midst of suffering.

Rosa Mystica: A Journey of Renewal and Restoration is a 15-month program series focusing on Marian art.  Beginning October 1, 2020, each event (virtual or in-person) will offer a curated combination of sacred Marian art from different cultures with presentations by theological and artistic experts.  The goal is to guide participants into a greater understanding and appreciation for the artistic, spiritual, and social values in the Marian tradition. In particular, Marian art will be considered as a reflection and response to our global pandemic situation.

Concurrently, the Illinois Patrons will also be restoring a locally held painting, The Annunciation, with assistance from the Conservation Center of Chicago.

To date, the Illinois Patrons has received funding from the ACTA Foundation, The Richard H. Driehaus Charitable Lead Trust, Mazza Foundation, Shaw Family Supporting Organization, and the Stella Maris Fund as well individual benefactors.

If would like to donate to Rosa Mystica, please click the donate button below.

Please click on the scheduled lectures below for more information on the upcoming program or the Zoom webinar if program has already taken place.

October 1, 2020: Mary: Art as a Carrier of Faith

December 8, 2020: Mary: Hearer of the Word

March 9, 2021: Mary: Sorrowful Mother

May 11, 2021: Mary: Mother of All Nations

October 2021: Mary: Sign of Glory



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