Our offerings in Saints and Angels focus on figures that commonly bring individuals comfort, strength, or inspiration--whether it be angels, St. Francis of Assisi, Mary Magdalene. Included in this group are night settings of the Nativity that emphasize the spiritual radiance of the Christ Child.
The Archangels in Sacred Art and Chant
This workshop explores representations of the archangels Michael, Gabriel and Raphael in sacred visual art and music. We will contemplate how they were represented in medieval through contemporary art, and reflect on the presence of divine protection, messages, and healing in our own lives.
St. Francis of Assisi in Art
This review of the image of St. Francis of Assisi in painting begins with early representations in devotional art showing Francis's physical appearance. It continues with the story of his life, as represented by the famous 13th-century fresco mural cycle in Assisi, commissioned by the Franciscan Order shortly after the saint's death. Also included is art from later periods of European art, including Spanish Baroque paintings that focus on a more mystical St. Francis.
Encountering Mary Magdalene in Art
Are you interested in a deeper look at Mary Magdalene, beyond the claims and counter claims stirred up by the Da Vinci Code? This review of Mary’s life, through the eloquent lens of European art and icons, brings you up close and personal to the human story of Mary--with all its emotion, pathos, faith, and inspiration. Powerful imagery reveals Mary, Apostle to the Apostles, as a compelling embodiment of both the active and contemplative lives. We’ll discuss how the art depicting Mary Magdalene can support and inspire our spiritual development with its images of faith, courage, and compassion.
In this program wel look at beautiful Renaissance paintings of the Nativity, explore their imagery, reflect on their meaning, and learn how a mystic, St. Birgitta of Sweden, influenced night settings for luminous depictions of the Christ Child. We will also pause for spiritual readings and reflection exploring the coming of Christ as the appearance of light shining in the darkness. This is an opportunity to experience an enriching and tranquil time of inspiration and spiritual reflection, and learn how light as a sacred symbol became a part of Christian thought and fine art.
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