Monday, 8 October 2007

The Art of Forgiveness

On October 4, the Museum of Biblical Art (MOBIA) in New York opened the exhibition, "The Art of Forgiveness: Images of the Prodigal Son." This exhibition features 56 sculptures, prints, textiles, and other media by artists including Rembrandt, Pieto Testa, and Jules Pascin.

According to MOBIA, "The biblical story from Luke 15 of the loving father who forgives his wayward son has inspired artists through the centuries. MOBIA is proud to organize and present an exhibition dedicated to this theme, featuring works from the Renaissance to the present day. More than 50 prints, sculptures, and paintings by artists including Rembrandt, Pietro Testa and James Tissot will provide a wide-ranging overview of the impact this theme has had on the history of art. One section of the exhibition will be dedicated to the private collection of Jerry Evenrud, a musician and art enthusiast who has collected artworks depicting the Prodigal Son. Representative works featuring this story will also be lent by major European and American museums. Educational programs will include a lecture series discussing the impact of the parable on art, literature and theology, featuring Tobias Wolff, well-known author of This Boy's Life and other works and a lecture by Holly Flora, assistant professor of Art History at Tulane University and the exhibition curator."

For a slideshow of some of the seleted exhibits, click here.

Anyone heading to New York soon?

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