Painting the bible in the dutch golden age 

Dr Chris Joby explores how artists of the Dutch Golden Age brought the stories of the Old and New Testaments alive in their work. Rembrandt used chiaroscuro to bring drama to stories from the Old Testament such as those of Abraham and Isaac, and David and Bathsheba, and to the Gospel stories and parables such as the Return of the Prodigal Son. Rather than present Christ as an Olympian god in the manner of his rival Rubens, Rembrandt focuses on his humanity whilst hinting at and alluding to his divinity. Jan Steen was another artist who depicted biblical scenes such as the Supper at Emmaus and several of Jan Vermeer's works take their inspiration from Scripture. Where appropriate the course makes reference to Dutch Golden Age poetry in translation to increase participants' understanding and enjoyment of creative responses to the Bible in this age of cultural riches.

Professor Christopher Joby teaches Dutch and Korean Studies in Poland. He has written several books and articles on theology and language and is currently writing a book on the Dutch language in Japan.

Tutor: Dr Chris Joby
Date: Saturday 4 May 2019, 10am-12.30pm, in Norwich Cathedral Library
Cost: £10

Certificate in Christian Studies: Core requirement in subject area 5, Spirituality and Daily Living

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