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02-12-2017

National Gallery film series: The Audacity of Christian Art with Chloë Reddaway - 7 'Unspeakable Images - when words fail'

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No single painting of Christ in the canon of Christian art can adequately express what Christians believe about him, but this final episode considers how a painting can point beyond itself, encouraging the viewer not to take the image at face value but to engage with the mystery it presents. Chloë Reddaway explores the use of blank spaces as a radical way of indicating divine activity and looks at the value of unfinished works in stimulating the viewer’s imagination with a close look at Michelangelo’s unfinished masterpiece, ‘The Entombment’ (around 1500–1). ‘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.

Michelangelo ‘The Entombment’ blank space pointing to mystery of the divine human and divine Incarnation


02-12-2017

National Gallery film series: The Audacity of Christian Art with Chloë Reddaway - 2 Christ is not like a snail, signs and symbols

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This episode looks at the visual language of signs and symbols known as iconography. Chloë Reddaway considers the surprising appearance of a snail in Crivelli’s ‘The Virgin and Child with Saints Francis and Sebastian’ (1491) and asks how it might help in the seemingly impossible task of painting Christ. ‘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.

signs symbols incarnation snail Crivelli iconography


02-12-2017

National Gallery film series: The Audacity of Christian Art with Chloë Reddaway - 1 'The problem with Christ'

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How do you paint a figure who is fully human and fully divine? This episode sets the scene for exploring the problem and considers the inherent audacity of what Christian art attempts to do. Beginning with Cima da Conegliano’s ‘The Incredulity of Saint Thomas’ (about 1502–4), Chloë Reddaway suggests thatsome artists invite viewers to ponder the mystery of the Incarnation by creating and playing with strange and paradoxical elements in their paintings. ‘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 incarnation symbolism