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Mary, Mother of Jesus, was chosen by God to be the Mother of His Son on earth. Her purity and capacity for love of God and men made her a perfect Mother to Jesus. According to the Gospel of Luke, the angel Gabriel appeared to Mary and announced that she was to conceive and become the mother of Jesus saying "blessed art thou among women".
The Virgin Mary has been depicted in many different forms in art. Madonna, Italian for My Lady, generally refers to images of Mary with or without the Child Jesus where she is the central focus. As Mother of God, Mary is venerated in different forms often representing documented apparitions. Those representations are generally referred to by their location or meaning as in Our Lady of Guadalupe, Our Lady of Fatima, or the Immaculate Heart of Mary.