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'Everyday Miracles' Art Exhibit at Duquesne Explores Faith and Healing

A traveling exhibit from The National Library of Medicine (NLM) that features examples of the ex-votos tradition of devotional art is open to the public now through Saturday, Aug. 2. Hosted by Duquesne University's Gumberg Library, the Everyday Miracles: Medical Imagery in Ex-Votos exhibit examines the intriguing intersection of medicine, art and faith.

The art of "ex-votos" (the Latin phrase which means votive offering) illustrates the relationship between prayer and healing through devotional paintings. Everyday Miracles: Medical Imagery in Ex-Votos is a representation of how the faithful give thanks for a healing or blessing and, according to the NLM, offers a rare opportunity to view health, healing and illness through the hearts and minds of the ordinary person.  

Everyday Miracles is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays on the fifth floor of the Gumberg Library. For more information about ex-votos and the exhibit, visit guides.library.duq.edu/exvotos. For visitor information or group reservations, call 412.396.6130.

Duquesne University

Founded in 1878, Duquesne is consistently ranked among the nation's top Catholic research universities for its award-winning faculty and tradition of academic excellence. The University is nationally ranked by U.S. News and World Report and the Princeton Review for its rich academic programs in nine schools of study for nearly 10,000 graduate and undergraduate students, and by the Washington Monthly for service and contributing to students' social mobility. Duquesne is a member of the U.S. President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction for its contributions to Pittsburgh and communities around the globe. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Princeton Review's Guide to Green Colleges acknowledge Duquesne's commitment to sustainability.