Praying with the Art of the Life of Christ

8 September to 8 December 2020

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This year our Praying with Art Series focuses on the art of the life of Christ as it has been portrayed by numerous Christian artists throughout the centuries in a wide variety of styles.  This semester (Sep-Dec 2020) will span from the Annunciation to just before the last week in Christ’s life. Next semester (beginning Jan 2021) will pick up from the last week of Christ’s life and go beyond the Ascension.  There is no required text, but Scripture readings will be suggested for each event that is portrayed.  Join us to appreciate the art and to pray with it as well.


Facilitators Fr. Peter Fennessy, SJ, long-time member of the Manresa ministerial team, Ms Carole Sugrue, docent at the Detroit Institute of Arts for 33 years.

Dates and Times: 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM on Tuesday evenings:

Session 4 – Jesus Forgiving
Pray over these images before November 3

Session Date Subjects
1 September 8 The Hidden Life
2 September 22 The Public Life Begins
3 October 6 Jesus the Teacher
4 October 20 Jesus Forgiving
5 November 3 Jesus Healing
6 November 17 Exorcisms and Miracles
7 December 8 And More
Description of EventMatthewMarkLukeJohn
The Call of Levi (Matthew)9.9-132.13-175.27-32 
The Woman of Samaria   4.4-42
The Prodigal Son  15.11-32 
The Paralytic at Capernaum9.1-82.1-125.17-265.8-9
The Woman with the Ointment26.6-1314.3-97.36-5012.1-8
A Woman Taken in Adultery   8.1-11
Zacchaeus  19.1-10 

Caravaggio, The Calling of Saint Matthew (1571-1610),
oil on canvas, 126.8 × 133.9 inches, 1599-1600, S Luigi dei Francesi, Rome.

Vittore Carpaccio, The Calling of Matthew (1502),
tempera on canvas, 55.5 × 45.3 inches, Scuola di San Giorgio degli Schiavoni, Venice.

James Tissot, The Meal in the House of Matthew (1886-1894),
opaque watercolor over graphite on gray wove paper, 7.7 × 10.5 inches, Brooklyn, Museum.

Lucas Cranach the Elder, Christ and the Samaritan Woman at the Well of Jacob (ca. 1552),
oil on canvas, 34.7 × 67.3 inches, Fränkische Galerie of Bavarian National Museum, Germany

Rembrandt, Christ and the Samaritan Woman (1659),
oil on canvas, 23.6 × 29.5 inches, Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg.

Wilson Ong, The Prodigal Son [also called Genesis of Repentance] (contemporary), Church History Museum, Salt Lake City, Utah.

Wilson Ong, The Prodigal Son [also called Genesis of Repentance] (detail) (contemporary), Church History Museum, Salt Lake City, Utah.

Bartolomé Esteban Murillo, The Return of the Prodigal Son (1667/1670),
oil on canvas, 93.1 × 102.8 inches, The National Gallery, Washington, D.C.

Jan Rombouts, Healing of the Paralytic at Capernaum (circa 1525 –30),
stained glass, 22.9 × 17.8 × 0.38 inches, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City.

Daniel F. Gerhartz, Forgiven (2000),
oil on canvas, 24 × 18 inches.

Rembrandt, Christ and the Woman Taken in Adultery (detail) (1644),
oil on wood, 33 × 25.8 in., National Gallery, London.

Guercino (Giovanni Francesco Barbieri), The Woman Taken in Adultery (circa 1621),
oil on canvas. 38.7 × 48.30 inches, Dulwich Picture Gallery, London.

Niels Larsen Stevns, Christ And Zacchaeus (1913),
oil and canvas, 22.9 × 71.7 inches, Randers Museum of Art, Randers, Denmark.

Unknown artist from the scriptorium of Reichenau, Jesus Encounters Zacchaeus and Dines at His House from the Gospel Book of Heinrich II German (ca.1007-1012),
illumination, Bavarian State Library, Munich.

Session 5 – Jesus Healing
Review these images, if you wish, before November 3

Description of EventMatthewMarkLukeJohn
Peter’s Mother-in-law8.14-171.29-344.38-41 
Healing the Leper8.1-41.40-455.12-16 
Healing Ten Lepers  17.11-19 
Healing the Centurion’s Servant8.5-13 7.01-104.46-54
Jairus’ daughter and a woman’s faith9.20-225.25-348.43-48 
The Syrophoenician Woman15.21-287.24-30  
The Paralytic at Bethesda Pool   5.1-47
Jesus Heals the Blind9.27-31 8.22-26  9.1-41
The Healing of Bartimaeus20.29-3410.46-5218.35-43 
The Bent Over Woman  13.10-17 

Rembrandt van Rijn, The Healing of the Mother-in-Law of Saint Peter (late 1658),
drawing with pen and brush, 6.7 × 7.5 inches, Fondation Custodia, Paris.

Niels Larsen Stevns, Healing of the Leper (1913),
oil on canvas, 57.8 × 76.3 inches, Skovgaard Museum, Viborg, Denmark.

Gebhard Fugel, The Healing of Ten Lepers (c 1920),
Diocesan Museum, Freising, Germany.

James C. Christensen, Ten Lepers (2002),
oil and acrylic on canvas, 34 × 15 inches.

William Brassey Hole, Jesus with the One Leper Who Returned to Give Thanks from The Life of Jesus of Nazareth (Eyre and Spottiswoode c 1905),
10.1 by 7.7 inches, location of original painting unknown.

Paolo Veronese and workshop, Christ and the Centurion (c. 1575),
oil on canvas, 55.4 × 81.1 inches, The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, Missouri.

Juan de Flandes, Christ and the Canaanite Woman (circa 1500),
oil on panel, 7.8 × 5.9 inches, Royal Palace of Madrid.

Yongsung Kim, Who Touched Me? (2005), oil on canvas, 31.5 × 51.2 inches.

Rembrandt, Christ With His Disciples and the Bleeding Woman (c. 1658),
pen and brown ink, 6 × 9 inches, Collection Albertina Museum, Vienna, Austria.

Bartolomé Esteban Murillo, Christ healing the Paralytic at the Pool of Bethesda (between 1667 and 1670),
oil on canvas, 93.3 × 102.7 inches, National Gallery, London.

Andrey N. Mironov, Christ and the Pauper: Healing of the Blind Man (2009),
oil on canvas, 39.4 × 21.7 inches. 

Francesco de Mura, Christ Healing the Blind Man (ca. 1740),
oil on canvas, 29.5 × 24.5 inches, National Trust, Basildon Park, Berkshire, England.

James Tissot, The Woman with an Infirmity of Eighteen Years (1886-1894),
opaque watercolor over graphite on gray wove paper, 9.5 × 7.1 inches, Brooklyn, Museum.

Fritz von Uhde, Christ Healing a Sick Child (1911),
oil on canvas, 23 × 14.4 inches, Private Collection.

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