The Visual Museum Series: Art History 101 | With Dr. Sandra Glahn, Dr. Matthew Milliner, and Christine Calareso Bleecker

The Visual Museum Series: Art History 101 | With Dr. Sandra Glahn, Dr. Matthew Milliner, and Christine Calareso Bleecker
7 de mar. de 2024 · 47m 1s

In this conversation, Dr. Sandra Glahn, Dr. Matthew Milliner, and Christine Calareso Bleecker discuss the absence of depicting the body of the first person of the Trinity in Christian art...

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In this conversation, Dr. Sandra Glahn, Dr. Matthew Milliner, and Christine Calareso Bleecker discuss the absence of depicting the body of the first person of the Trinity in Christian art and how it has shaped perceptions of women. Dr. Milliner explains that early Christian art depicted the Trinity through sarcophagi and male embodiments of Christ, but the depiction of the Father went underground due to the influence of pagan depictions of Zeus. The resurgence of depicting the Trinity in art in later centuries led to the physical depiction of God and the caricature of the bearded male figure. This had ramifications for women, as it emphasized one gender's resemblance to God and undermined the understanding that both men and women fully image God. The conversation also explores the visual literacy needed to identify Virgin stories in art, such as the depictions of Agnes, Dorothy, Catherine, and Agatha. The significance of depicting the Virgin Mary is discussed, highlighting her representation of the ecclesial nature of the formation of the body of Christ and the reflection on end-of-life issues. The conversation also emphasizes the beauty and redemptive power of these art depictions. It also explores the power of images in healing and restoration, the importance of lament and hope, and the role of Mary as a symbol of healing and response to violence. Plus, the conversation also touches on the Virgin of the Passion and Our Lady of Perpetual Help as icons of love in the face of violence while addressing the power of images in overcoming pornography and the historical tradition of Mary as a leader in the church.

Key Takeaways:
  • The absence of depicting the body of the first person of the Trinity in Christian art has shaped perceptions of women.
  • The resurgence of depicting the Trinity in art led to the physical depiction of God and the caricature of the bearded male figure.
  • Depicting the Father physically undermined the understanding that both men and women fully image God.
  • Visual literacy is important for identifying Virgin stories in art and understanding their significance. Images have the power to heal and restore and can meet people in surprising and unexpected ways.
  • The Christian tradition offers a range of images that address both lament and hope.
  • The Virgin of the Passion and Our Lady of Perpetual Help are icons of love in the face of violence.
  • Images of the Virgin Mary can be powerful in overcoming pornography and teaching reverence.
  • Mary has a historical tradition as a leader in the church.
  • Misconceptions about Mary Magdalene perpetuate bad theology and demean women.

Visual Museum of Women in Christianity

The purpose of this collaborative project is to create a curated, permanent visual exhibit of women in the history, ministry, and piety of early, Byzantine, and medieval Christianity that will be available online for researchers, educators, and interested laypersons.

The goal of this multi-year project is to make the visual record of women in ministry and leadership available free of charge and unencumbered by permission requirements, and to include short teaching elements to guide the audience through the constitutive and pivotal role of women throughout Christian history.

Together with the visual story, the accompanying narrative will make it possible for patrons to learn about women throughout history and across the globe and their unique contributions to the life and faith of the church…

A history that remains mostly untold.

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Episode Sponsor:

The Alabaster Jar is brought to you by The Center for Women in Leadership, a newly formed 501©3 nonprofit organization whose purpose is to equip women in a context that is biblically rooted, theologically robust, and ethnically diverse to thrive as leaders in the academy and the Church. Follow them on Instagram @leadershipwithoutapology. Learn more about The Center for Women in Leadership at: https://www.leadershipwithoutapology.org/.
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