(VELINO) Roma, 11 Dec - Picturing Mary: Woman, Mother, Idea isthe title of an exhibition recently opened at the NationalMuseum of Women in the Arts in Washington with a Masscelebrated by Cardinal Wuerl. The exhibition, which is part ofthe American celebration of the Italian Presidency of theCouncil of the European Union, will end on April 12, 2015. Morethan 60 masterpieces are on show, from the Vatican Museums, theUffizi Gallery, the Doria Pamphili Gallery and other Europeanand American museums and private collections. Divided into sixthematic sections, the exhibition is curated by MonsignorTimothy Verdon, director of the Museum of Opera of Saint Mariaof Fiore and explores the concept of femininity represented bythe Virgin Mary, along with the sacred and social function thather image has played down the centuries. The exhibition wasalso organised with the help of the Italian embassy inWashington, which raised awareness of the various Italiansuperintendencies involved, facilitating the export of works ofmajor artists including Michelangelo, Botticelli, Caravaggio,Artemisia Gentileschi, Sofonisba Anguissola, Mantegna, Pontormoand Giovanni Battista Tiepolo. It was particularly challengingto get Caravaggio's masterpiece Rest on the Flight into Egypt,which is rarely shown outside of Italy. vel.