17th December 2020
Painted spaces: Art for a Covid-Advent. 2. ‘The Annunciation’ by Fra Angelico
The arrangement of the painting draws the viewer into the intimate relationship that is being established despite the distance between the figures – how is James Hanvey moved to respond?
14th December 2020
Painted spaces: Art for a Covid-Advent. 1. Edward Hopper
Art can be a powerful accompaniment to prayer, so James Hanvey SJ has selected a few works we might like to ponder in the days leading to Christmas, paying particular attention to their use of space.
13th August 2019
Reflections on the Assumption
James Hanvey contemplates Botticini’s ‘The Assumption of the Virgin’ and finds that it not only captures the mystery of the Assumption, but also illuminates the truth contained within this great feast.
24th March 2017
Between doctrine and discipleship: reflections on the Annunciation
2 Feb: Gerry J. Hughes SJ's reflections on a painting of the Annunciation contain insights about the feast of the Presentation of the Lord.
20th March 2017
Too Brave To Dream: Encounters with Modern Art
Brian McClorry SJ reviews a collection which shows that poet R.S. Thomas had the imagination and courage to turn ‘events into experiences’.
1st April 2016
The Purple Thread, the Virgin’s Ear and the Book of the Annunciation
Dorian Llywelyn SJ surveys the history of artistic representations of the Annunciation. How are developments in theology and devotion reflected in these depictions?
13th February 2015
Fr Sieger Köder RIP
Gemma Simmonds CJ pays tribute to Fr Sieger Köder, whose distinctive painting was an expression of his pastoral ministry and his commitment to the social gospel.
13th November 2014
'Mr. Turner' is a taut film which comes from the very tension and struggle at the heart of all artistic creation. Although there is so much about Turner which is visually and morally unattractive, Timothy Spall never lets him become caricature.
26th August 2014
Richard Attenborough: A life in pictures
Dermot Preston SJ’s introduction to Richard Attenborough, whose cinematic career he then followed with interest and admiration, was unforgettable. ‘True artists have a vocation to create and communicate, and Attenborough was no different.’
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