Collection Spotlight: Religious Icons in Art and War

Saint Javelin and Symbols of Resistance
Painting of a white woman wearing medieval armor and raising a sword.

Use of Christian saint and Virgin Mary imagery to inspire action and foster hope in war dates back centuries, though mass production and public consumption of such images began during the First World War. Prints from the collection of the National WWI Museum and Memorial show that the Virgin Mary and other Christian saints were facilitators of miraculous victories, inspiration for heroism within the armed forces and moving images of help inspiring others to give.

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