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CFAM / Philosophy & Religion: Dr. Ena Heller Lecture
Start Date: 11/8/2012Start Time: 7:00 PM
End Date: 11/8/2012End Time: 8:30 PM
Event Description:
 Public Lecture:  Reading the Bible Aesthetically

It is safe to say that the Bible has shaped Western culture   more than any other book. The world's all-time best-seller provides the key to  literary symbolism (from Shakespeare to Melville to Toni Morrison), music (from  Bach to Britten to Pete Seeger), popular culture (from Pulp Fiction to New Yorker cartoons) and – the topic of this talk – visual art. One can hardly  be visually literate without some knowledge of the Bible. So, how do we read  the Bible aesthetically? What is the connection between word and image in the  Jewish tradition, and how did words get translated into images through the centuries? 

At the   same time, how did the same images change once they became Christian? While it is well-known that Christianity incorporated the Hebrew Bible into its tradition, and with it the  stories, images and symbols contained in its pages, what is less known is the  ongoing exchange between the artistic traditions of Judaism and Christianity,  and the often surprising fact that the exchange goes both ways. Just as Christian  artists borrowed from the existing Jewish tradition, Jewish artists sometimes  used Christian models.

This presentation focuses on some poignant examples - from the early centuries of the common era when Christianity was crafting a new  artistic vocabulary to medieval Europe and 20th century painting.

For more information about Dr. Ena Heller, Bruce A. Beal Director of the Cornell Fine Arts Museum, please click here.

Free Public Lecture

Image caption:
Vienna Genesis, (6th century, Vienna)
Byzantine manuscript
Österreichische Nationalbibliothek

Limited parking available on the Rollins College Campus and free parking at the SunTrust Parking garage on Lyman Avenue in Winter Park with a validated parking stub.  Click here for more information on location and parking.

This lecture represents a collaboration between Rollins College's Department of Philosophy & Religion's Jewish Studies Program and the Cornell Fine Arts Museum.
Location Information:
Rollins College - Cornell Fine Arts Museum  (View Map)
1000 Holt Avenue
Winter Park, FL 32789
United States
Phone: 407-646-2000
Contact Information:
Name: Sandy Todd
Phone: 407-646-1595
Vienna Genesis
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