25th December 2020
Painted spaces: Art for a Covid-Christmas. 4. ‘Saint Joseph and the Christ Child’ by Guido Reni
‘Saint Joseph reminds us that those who appear hidden or in the shadows can play an incomparable role in the history of salvation.’ James Hanvey SJ finds Joseph stepping out of those shadows in a 17th century painting.
20th December 2020
Painted spaces: Art for a Covid-Advent. 3. 'The Visitation' by Charles Mahoney
In a hidden corner of an Oxford college, James Hanvey SJ finds himself in a space that is at once enclosed and unlimited, and tells the whole history of salvation.
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?
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