Praying with the Art of the Life of Christ
8 September to 8 December 2020
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.
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:
|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|
Session 4 – Jesus Forgiving Pray over these images before November 3
|Description of Event||Matthew||Mark||Luke||John|
|The Call of Levi (Matthew)||9.9-13||2.13-17||5.27-32|
|The Woman of Samaria||4.4-42|
|The Prodigal Son||15.11-32|
|The Paralytic at Capernaum||9.1-8||2.1-12||5.17-26||5.8-9|
|The Woman with the Ointment||26.6-13||14.3-9||7.36-50||12.1-8|
|A Woman Taken in Adultery||8.1-11|
Session 5 – Jesus Healing
Review these images, if you wish, before November 3
Description of Event
Healing the Leper
Healing Ten Lepers
Healing the Centurion’s Servant
Jairus’ daughter and a woman’s faith
The Syrophoenician Woman
The Paralytic at Bethesda Pool
Jesus Heals the Blind
The Healing of Bartimaeus
The Bent Over Woman
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. 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. [enter link to Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 4.0 International license].
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.