Newman Research Centre for the Bible and its Reception

Advent Seminar Series: (Re-)Imagining Nativity

Bassano's Adoration of the Magi (c) The Barber Institute of Fine Arts; Supplied by The Public Catalogue Foundation Bassano’s Adoration of the Magi (1542) Image: The Barber Institute of Fine Arts; Supplied by The Public Catalogue Foundation

Imagining the Nativity at the Barber Institute

with Professor Martin O’Kane

  • Saturday 5 December 11.00 – 12.30
  • Repeated on Wednesday 9 December 2.00 – 3.30

Barber Institute, University of Birmingham, B15 2TS

Many will already know and appreciate Prof Martin O’Kane’s wonderfully rich and informative explorations of the use of the Bible in art. 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…

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