Ready or not, yesterday marked the beginning of advent and what better way to take time out and reflect upon this season than joining us for our advent seminar series! Last year we explored the origins of the nativity story, spending time with Matthew and Luke and trying to understand it through their words. This year we will be discovering how that blended story continues to exert its influence throughout history.
We are delighted to announce that Martin has offered to be our guide at the Barber Institute.
The visit will explore in detail three paintings depicting aspects of the Christmas story: de Beer’s Nativity, Bassano’s Adoration of the Magi and Veronese’s Visitation. The emphasis will be on how viewing such paintings can illuminate the Gospel texts and how the artist, through a variety of subtle techniques, draws the viewer into the intimacy of the scene. In order to experience similar artistic techniques in the depiction of another important biblical topic, the visit will close with a brief consideration of three paintings that depict biblical feasts: Stom’s Isaac blessingJacob, Murillo’s Marriage at Cana and Steen’s The Wrath of Ahasuerus.
In order to make this opportunity accessible to as many people as possible, Martin will run this session twice. The Barber Institute is a wonderful place to visit. Entrance is free, but there is a charge for car parking in theUniversity’s North-East Carpark(£3 for 1-3 hours, £4 for 3-5 hours). It is also well serviced by train (University (Birmingham) (UNI) station) and many bus routes. It has extremely good facilities including refreshments and a shop (for those hard to get Christmas presents!!).