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Madonna of Dudley Station (Curve in the Tracks). Number 4 from the series Madonnas of Transportation

Allan Rohan Crite (American, 1910–2007)


Image: 26.4 x 40.4cm (10 3/8 x 15 7/8in.) Sheet: 27.9 x 43.2 cm (11 x 17 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Offset lithograph

Not On View


Americas, Contemporary Art, Prints and Drawings



Allan Rohan Crite, an SMFA graduate from the 1930s, has lived in Boston’s South End for nine decades and is that neighborhood’s greatest chronicler of African-American life. Two major themes have dominated the artist’s long career: everyday depictions of the African-American community, and Biblical illustrations with black protagonists. He often combined the two, as in his 1946 painting Madonna of the Subway, which imagines a black Virgin Mary and Christ Child riding the Orange Line. Crite revisited the subject forty years later in this series of thirteen superbly drawn lithographs.


Allan Rohan Crite and Jackie Cox-Crite, Boston, MA, from whom purchased by the MFA September 25, 2002

Credit Line

The Living New England Artist Purchase Fund, created by The Stephen and Sybil Stone Foundation