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National Gallery film series: The Audacity of Christian Art with Chloë Reddaway - 5 'This World and the Next'


This episode explores three popular picture types which have no gospel basis but which use temporal and spatial ambiguity to reflect on the mystery of Christ having a temporal life on earth, and also being part of the eternal Trinity. The principal paintings discussed in this episode are ‘The Virgin and Child in a Landscape’ by Jan Provoost (early 16th century), ‘The Virgin and Child Enthroned by Cosimo Tura’ (mid-1470s), and ‘Christ Crowned with Thorns’ by Dirk Bouts (about 1470). ‘The audacity of Christian art: The problem of painting Christ’ is a seven-part series in which Dr Chloë Reddaway, Howard and Roberta Ahmanson Curator in Art and Religion at the National Gallery, explores the theological and artistic challenges involved in painting Christ as fully human and fully divine, and reveals some of the ingenious and surprising ways in which Renaissance artists responded.

human and divine on earth and in heaven Jan Provoost 'Virgin and Child in a Landscape' ‘The Virgin and Child Enthroned by Cosimo Tura’ ‘Christ Crowned with Thorns’ Dirk Bouts