The Nativity in Art, by Dr Helen Rufus-Ward

When:
December 13, 2019 @ 2:30 pm
2019-12-13T14:30:00+00:00
2019-12-13T14:45:00+00:00
Where:
Towner Art Gallery
College Rd
Eatbourne
Cost:
£12 (£10 Eastcourne Art Circle members)

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The Nativity, with the Adoration of the Magi and the Shepherds, is one of the most popular subjects in Christian art. Starting with the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem, this lecture will explore the surprising idiosyncrasies of this much contested site, including a rift between the Catholics and the Greek Orthodox clergy over the marker of the actual birth in the church’s grotto that might have been a cause of the Crimea War!  This will be followed by an examination of a number of key paintings from the medieval, Renaissance and Baroque periods in order to see how the Nativity imagery has developed and changed over the centuries. Early depictions favoured the portrayal of a ‘real’ birth whilst later imagery represented  a totally ‘miraculous’ birth!

 

Dr Helen Rufus-Ward is a published art historian, university lecturer and accredited speaker for the Arts Society

(Picture is: Mosaics Byzantine Greece C11, Nativity, Katholikon nave south east squinch, Hosius Loukas )

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