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Title: Bible, Art, Gallery
Author: O'Kane, Martin (ed)
Publisher: Sheffield Phoenix Press; Publication Date: 2011
Hardcover; ISBN: 9781906055639
Volumes: 1; Pages: 200
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While Old Masters' paintings of biblical scenes held by major galleries in many countries are visited and seen by thousands, gems of biblical art in smaller, provincial galleries seldom get the recognition and attention they deserve. Over two years, assisted by funding from the British Academy, conferences were held at the Barber Institute of Fine Arts, University of Birmingham, and at the Manchester Art Gallery, highlighting some of the significant biblical paintings held in the collections of both galleries. The speakers, drawn from the worlds of biblical studies, art history, philosophy, sociology and music, reflected the interdisciplinary goals of the project. The seminars served not only to showcase biblical paintings by lesser known artists but also illustrated the wide range of perspectives and insights brought by the different academic disciplines.ContentsMartin O'Kane, IntroductionBackground to the British Academy Bible and Art project (2006-2007).1 Nicholas Davey, The Bible and Visual ExegesisWith some Barber Institute paintings as examples, explores how viewing a biblical painting parallels the way we read a biblical text (with reference to Gadamer's Truth and Method).2 John Harvey, Framing the Word: Commentary, Context, and CompositionExplores the role and function of the Bible in a range of Victorian paintings, especially Hunt, The Light of the World, The Shadow of Death, and Brown, Work.3 David Jasper, The Desert in Biblical ArtThe metaphor of the desert in the Bible, the Church Fathers and art, with reference to Landseer, The Desert, Gellee, Golden Calf, and Hunt, The Scapegoat.4 J. Cheryl Exum, Notorious Women in Manchester and in the BibleChallenges received notions of texts from Genesis and Judges, with reference to Pickersgill, Samson Betrayed, and Stanhope, Eve Tempted.5 Siobhan Dowling-Long, Musical Instruments in Biblical Art: Evaristo Baschenis's Still Life with Musical InstrumentsExplores the significance of the five musical instruments and their importance in masterpieces of biblical art.6 John F. A. Sawyer, Van Dyck's Ecce Homo in the Barber InstituteStarting with van Dyck's representation, Sawyer explores the iconographic tradition behind this image with particular emphasis on the intended reaction of the viewer.7 Keith Tester, Poussin, a Poem and a Sacred StoryArgues that Poussin's Tancred and Erminia should be understood as a midrash on an archetypal biblical narrative, that of Mary Magdalene.8 Martin O'Kane, Imaging the Bible Translator: Bellini's Jerome in the WildernessArtistic conventions associated with the depiction of Bible translators from Jerome to the Reformation and the reasons for the popularity of such portraiture.