The theme for 2015 is Let's look again
Events coming up are:
November 2015 : SATRS ART & RELIGION LECTURES
November 10 & 12, 2015, 12:15 – 1:00 p.m. – Michelangelo’s Last Judgment and Raphael’s Stanza della Segnatura – each followed by 20 mins. Q&A
Dr Christopher Evan Longhurst
The next two SATRS lectures look again at the extraordinary encounter between art and religion.
Lecture 1 (10 November 2015)—WHEN HEAVEN MEETS HELL IN ART AND HISTORY examines Michelangelo’s Last Judgment, and Lecture 2 (12 November 2015)—ON THE UNITY OF BEING explores Raphael’s super-synthesis in the Stanza della Segnatura.
LECTURE 1: WHEN HEAVEN MEETS HELL IN ART AND HISTORY
Reflections on Michelangelo’s Last Judgment
St. Andrew’s on The Terrace - 10 November 2015 12:15pm plus 20 mins for Q & A
This lecture reflects on the artistic and historical significances of the world’s most famous depiction of The Last Judgment painted on the Sistine Chapel’s altar wall by Michelangelo between 1536 and 1541. As speaker Dr Longhurst unravels the eschatological vision of the artist’s intensely personal work, we will discover how Christian history and the contemporary situation came together to inspire this unique version of the end of the world. We will see how the Florentine master has rendered one of the most complex religious subjects in his distinctive humanistic manner at a time when Rome was in turmoil.
- Article Seven of The Apostles Creed: “From thence He shall come to judge the living and the dead.”
- Matthew 25:31-46—The Sheep and the Goats
- Theodicy and Eschatology
- Apocalypse and Parousia
- The Myth of Er
- Mannerism and the end of the Renaissance
- Bi-dimensional sculpture
- The stimulus of Classicism
- Evaluation and critical response: Nudity “[fit] for the public baths and taverns”
- The “why” this fresco was painted
- Reformation and Pontificate of Clement VIII (1523-34)
- Catholic Counter-Reformation
- Copernican Heliocentricity
LECTURE 2: - ON THE UNITY OF BEING
Raphael’s Super-Synthesis in Stanza della Segnatura
St. Andrew’s on The Terrace - 12 November 2015 12:15pm plus 20 minutes for Q & A
This lecture looks at Raphael’s iconographic programme which synthesizes the qualities of being true, good, and beautiful, portrayed in scenes representing Theology and Philosophy, Jurisprudence and Art. Dr Longhurst explains the rich ontological content on each wall along with the associated allegorical figures in the roundels overhead and the rectangular fields connecting them. The entire ensemble will be seen to represent “the unity of being” in a quest for knowledge and goodness through the arts and sciences.
Disputation over the Most Holy Sacrament
- Supernatural Truth illustrated in the Disputation of the Most Holy Sacrament (Theology)
School of Athens
- Rational Truth illustrated in the School of Athens (Philosophy).
Cardinal and Theological Virtues and the Law
- Goodness expressed in the Cardinal and Theological Virtues, and in Church Law and Civil Law (Jurisprudence).
- Beauty represented in the Parnassus with Apollo and the Muses (Art).
- Allegorical figures in the ceiling roundels represent the virtue overruling each branch of knowledge, while scenes in the adjacent rectangular fields connect those branches of knowledge.