Here is the final image in our May series of modern images of Our Lady.
Dorothy Webster Hawksley (1884-1970) was a British born artist inspired by old masters and Japanese prints. Although she never married and had no children of her own most of her paintings feature women and children. She paints women with a notable tenderness.
Hawksley had a particular interest in women’s role in society and in their relationships with one another. Many of her works, such as this one, are symbolic of women’s roles throughout history.
In this poignant painting ‘Mary and Elizabeth’ the artist avoids the joy associated with the visitation, and instead offers an image of the elderly woman, Elizabeth, taking Mary’s hand comfortingly, and with concern.