Art and Christianity Program
Seminars on Sacred Art
This series of lectures aims to provide students with the cognitive tools to get to the heart of Christian life, far from stereotypes, by exploring some of the issues most closely related to figurative art.
1. Sacred art and Religious art.
2. Creation. The creative act. The artist: co-creator of Beauty.
3. The historicity of the Gospels: the birth of Christ. The Comet Star.
4. The historicity of the Gospels: the death of Christ and his Resurrection
5. The great orders: St. Benedict (480), St. Dominic (1170), St. Francis (1181) (3 hours)
6. The sanctuaries: places of worship, welcome, protection against heresies.
7. The Saints of the 20th Century: Maximilian Kolbe; Piergiorgio Frassati; Gianna Beretta Molla; Maria Goretti; Giuseppe Tovini. (2 hours)
8. Death, judgment, hell, purgatory and paradise: the representations in art.
9. Heresies: Adoptionism; Arianism; Docetism; Agnosticism; Catharism; Fideism; Modernism, the iconoclasts; nestorianism; pelagianism; new age; pantheism; (3 hours)
10. The original sin. Sins: enmity with God. Mercy.
11. Animals in the Bible.
12. The Eucharist: transubstantiation, real presence, communion.
13. Simulacra: the Holy Shroud. The Sacred face of Manoppello; the veil of Veronica.
14. Angels and demons.
15. The miracle.
– letter of St. John Paul to the artists
– Joseph Ratzinger: Jesus of Nazareth
– Paolo Rumiz: “The infinite thread”
– Ratzinger: The Spirit of the Liturgy