Published: 27th August 2020

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A look at the cult of the Virgin Mary in the Renaissance, and the women telling the other side of the story.

The Marian Consort performs celestial-sounding music – that contains more than meets the ear – by Raffaella Aleotti, Orlando de Lassus, and Jacobus Clemens non Papa. We decode texts and images with Dame Marina Warner, author of ‘Alone of All Her Sex: the Cult and Myth of the Virgin Mary’. Actor Ell Potter reads passages by Renaissance women questioning the established tropes of Mary and men’s power.

We’re called The Marian Consort. Our very name is an act of veneration. That’s why we thought we should ask a few more questions of it. In CULT, we look at how Mary’s pedestal was built up in text and music, and hear the voices of those who tried to rebalance things.


Artwork featuring Paulina Romanek, photography by Magdalena Hałas.

Supported by Arts Council England.

Duration: 62 mins | £4.99 | Click here to purchase the film

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