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The Bible and Painting

Symposium at the Barber Institute of Fine Arts
University of Birmingham

Saturday 13 May 2006

Programme

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

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