University of Wales Trinity St David logo.

Imaging the Bible in Wales.
The Bible and the Visual Imagination.
Imaging the Bible in Wales. The Bible and Art. Art in the Abrahamic Faiths.




Contact Us



The Bible & Painting

Research Opportunities






The Bible and Painting

Symposium at the Barber Institute of Fine Arts
University of Birmingham

Saturday 13 May 2006


Part 1:  10.00 – 1.00 in Lecture Hall

10.00 – 10.15
The Bible and Painting: towards an interdisciplinary Methodology.
Dr. Martin O’Kane
Theology and Religious Studies Department University of Wales, Lampeter

10.15 – 11.00
Art, Hermeneutics and Aesthetics.
Professor Nicholas Davey
Department of  Philosophy, University of Dundee

11.00 – 11.15:  Coffee

11.15 – 12.00
'Chambers of Imagery' (Ezekiel 8.12): The Gallery and the Bible.
Professor John Harvey
School of Art, University of Wales, Aberystwyth

12.00 – 12.45:     
Nicolas Poussin and the Bible.
Professor Richard Verdi
The Barber Institute, University of Birmingham

12.45 – 1.00:     
Introduction to the afternoon gallery visit.
Professor Cheryl Exum
Department of Biblical Studies, University of Sheffield

1.00 – 1.45:       Lunch
As the time is short and facilities to eat are some distance away, you may wish to bring a packed lunch or snack.

Part 2:  1.45 – 3.45  Gallery Visit

Participants will have the opportunity to explore a number of ‘biblical’ paintings guided by biblical and art specialists.

Among paintings discussed will be:

Session 1:

Paintings:  Stom, The Deception of Isaac and Castiglione,  Rebekah led by the Servant of Abraham.

Biblical Texts:  Genesis,  chapters 24 and 27.

Session 2:

Paintings:  Veronese, The Visitation and Bassano, The Adoration of the Kings.

Biblical Texts:  Luke  1: 39-56;  Matthew 2: 1-12.

Session 3:

Paintings:  Murillo, The Marriage Feast of Cana and Poussin, Tancred and Erminia.

Biblical Texts:  John   2: 1-11;  Luke 7: 36-50.  

3.45 – 4.00:  Conclusion

The Bible & Painting | Introduction | Symposium Speakers | Further information and booking | How to get to the Barber Institute

Oil painting by Matthias Stom.
Matthias Stom, Isaac blessing Jacob, c.1635
Image © Barber Institute of Fine Arts