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April 12 - August 31: "Madonnas of the Prairie: Depictions of Women in the American West"

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In the mid-1800s, artists often depicted women as victims, passive observers or merely passengers in the settlement of the American West. Some artists chose to portray Western women in the guise of a "Madonna" figure, based on Renaissance paintings of the Virgin Mary--or, in the case of American Indian women, they might be portrayed more honestly, revealing the harshness of their lives of unceasing toil. This exhibit examines these types of depictions juxtaposed with images of Western women as protagonists. Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum.
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