Think Mary looks a little mannish in this painting by Raphael? You're not alone โ€” in an interview in Sunday's Washington Post, feminist art historian Mary Garrard points out that Rafael used a male model for the Virgin. She also argues that in taking masculinized form, Mary "loses her maternity โ€” birth-giving, the one thing men couldn't do โ€” which is her distinctive and essential attribute." "Mothers are very confident that motherhood is really more important work than a lot of jobs in the world," she continues โ€” "the full scope of that work isn't in this painting." [WaPo]