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.


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:

1September 8The Hidden Life
2September 22The Public Life Begins
3October 6Jesus the Teacher
4October 20Jesus Forgiving
5November 3Jesus Healing
6November 17Exorcisms and Miracles
7December 8And More

Session 1 – The Hidden Life

Description of EventMatthewMarkLukeJohn
The Annunciation  1.26-38 
The Visitation  1.39-56 
The Nativity1.18-25 2.1-7 
The Shepherds  2.8-20 
The Presentation  2.22-40 
The  Magi2.1-12   
The Flight into Egypt2.13-23   
Jesus in the Temple  2.41-52 

Fra Angelico, The Annunciation (between 1425 and 1428),
tempera on board, 76.4 x 76.4 inches, Prado Museum, Madrid.

Henry Ossawa Tanner, The Annunciation (1898),
oil on canvas, 57 x 71.2 inches, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia.

Rogier van der Weyden, The Visitation (c 1435-40),
oil on oak panel, 22.4 x 14.2 inches, Museum der Bildenden Künste, Leipzig.

Robert Anning Bell, Mary in the House of Elizabeth (1917),
oil on canvas, 56 × 30 inches, Tate, England.

Fritz von Uhde, Road to Bethlehem [also known as The Difficult Journey] (1890),
oil on canvas, 46 × 50 inches, Neue Pinakothek, Munich, Germany.

Gari Melchers, The Nativity (c. 1891),
oil on canvas, Gari Melchers Home & Studio, Falmouth, Virginia.

Bartolome Esteban Murillo, Adoration of the Shepherds (c.1668),
oil on canvas, 57.8 x 85.8 inches, Wallace Collection, London.

Master of the Prado Adoration of the Magi: The Presentation in the Temple (between 1470 and 1480),
oil on panel, 22.7 x 18.8 inches, National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.

Abraham Bloemaert, The Adoration of the Magi (1624),
oil on canvas, 66.5 x 76.3 inches, Utrecht Central Museum, Utrecht, Netherlands.

Bartolomé Esteban Murillo, The Flight into Egypt (ca. 1647/50),
oil on canvas, 82.5 × 65.5 inches, Detroit Institute of Arts.

Workshop of Rembrandt, possibly Ferdinand Bol, The Holy Family with St Anna (1640),
oil on oak panel, 16.1 x 13.3 inches, Louvre Museum, Paris.

Giovanni Serodine, Jesus among the Doctors (1626),
oil on canvas, 88.2 x 57.1 inches, Louvre Museum, Paris.

Gerard van Honthorst, Childhood of Christ (circa 1620),
oil on canvas, 53.9 x 72.8 inches, Hermitage Museum.

Francisco Goya, Sketch for the Death of Joseph (c. 1787),
oil on canvas, 21.6 x 18.3 inches., Flint Institute of Arts, Flint, MI.

Frances Hook, The Carpenter (1979- 1981),
lithograph, 20 x 24 inches, signed numbered copy at Manresa Jesuit Retreat House.


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