Faith-based Presentation Descriptions

1. Consider the Cross

Christ of St. John of the Cross is a breathtaking work by the artist, Salvador Dali. Discussed are amusing aspects of the artist’s life, the painting's symbolism that often goes unnoticed, and the history and deep significance of the miracle of the cross.

2. Coming Home

The Dutch artist Rembrandt van Rijn painted The Return of the Prodigal Son. Information on Rembrandt's difficult life, details he intentionally included in the painting, thoughts on the scripture in the Gospel of Luke, and the meaning of the parable of the prodigal son are all covered.

3. Transcending Time

The lecture focuses on “The Apostle to the Apostles,” the woman called Mary Magdalene. After her cleansing she chose to walk with Christ throughout his lifetime and beyond. A quietly beautiful and dignified painting titled The Penitent Magdalene by Georges de La Tour is the art focus.

4. Look to the Shore

The famous, Italian Renaissance artist, Tintoretto and his painting Christ at the Sea of Galilee are featured in this lecture. The presentation includes details on the Sea of Galilee, the messages in the miracle, and selected scripture.

*The painting for this presentation is featured below.

5. Messengers of Miracles

The Pieta is a breath-taking marble sculpture done by the Italian Renaissance giant, Michelangelo, when he was in his early 20's. The Pieta forms the basis for this lecture about the artist and the life of Mary, the mother of Jesus. From this presentation the audience will be able to consider that both individuals were chosen by God to bring his messages to mankind.

*An image of The Pieta is included on the "Reviews" Page. 

6. Opening Doors

This lecture focuses specifically on symbolism in Christianity. The German artist Albrecht Durer's copperplate etching The Knight, Death and the Devil provides the visual. The historical focus is the early years of the Reformation, however the print's symbolism is as timely today as it was in Durer's day.

7. Amidst the Stars

The symbolism surrounding Christ’s resurrection is studied through an oil painting titled Noli Me Tangere by the Italian artist Titian. The panoramic painting is about love and landscape and faith. The lecture reflects on the return of Jesus as recorded in scripture and as seen though the multitude of visual messages in the painting.

8. As God So Wills

The Russian artist Marc Chagall survived two world wars and the 1917 Russian Revolution. The presentation highlights his delightful painting titled Abraham and the Three Angels. The Old Testament hero and friend of God, Abraham, was also a surviver. He survived many tribulations and challenges in life and continues to be a flagship for personal "faith under fire" in modern day times.

9. The Passion of the Soul

The Last Supper mural in Milan, Italy by Leonardo da Vinci is forever relevant to Christians around the world. Christ, his Apostles, and the symbolism surrounding them as interpreted by the world’s all-time genius is the focus of this 1-3 part lecture. In the longer sessions time is taken to discuss each Apostle ... why each was chosen, what each brought to the dynamics of Christ's ministry, and how each of them continued to serve their Lord after the Resurrection.

*This is a single or 3-part presentation program. 

*The mural is featured on the overview page that introduces the "Presentation" section.

10. Leaving Legacies

The fiery artist, Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio, painted St. Paul’s Conversion on the Road to Damascus. The lecture offers a thoughtful look at this erratic, but extremely talented, Italian artist, the symbolism in this powerful artwork, and important aspects in the life of the Apostle Paul.

11. Let There Be Light

American artist-craftsman, Lawrence B. Saint, depicted Moses' life in a splendorous stained glass window at the United States' National Cathedral in D.C. This program discusses the fascinating art of stained glass, as well as offering an overview of Moses’ life, and the history of the world’s sixth largest Cathedral.

12. Present at the Table

Analyzing The Sacrament of The Last Supper by Salvador Dali is a study of the serious spirituality surrounding the taking of communion. The presentation includes an in-depth look at how this amazing painting conveys the true significance of the holy table and the roles of God the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.

13. A Second Chance

The story of the Rebirth of Lazarus and Christ’s specific reasons for raising him back to life are at the core of this program. A dramatic painting by the Italian, Michelangelo Merisi de Caravaggio, lends visual interest and additional meaning to the study.

14. Another World

Michelangelo painted the Sistine Ceiling during the height of the Renaissance. He was an artistic wonder in his time and still is in ours. This 1-3 part lecture traces the beginning of creation through the Flood and includes selected stories from the Bible, as well as overviews of the Prophets and Sibyls who ring the central panels. All of which are beautifully illustrated on the Chapel’s ceiling.

*This is an abbreviated single or 3-part presentation program. 

*The longer schedule permits more in-depth studies of all the 350+ figures on the ceiling.

15. Biblical Images in Stone

Michelangelo chiseled magnificent records in marble. This lecture focuses on several of his major sculptures: David, Moses, The Disposition, and The Rondanini Pieta. Included is background on biblical greats and details about this creative giant's thinking and beliefs as he conceived and revealed them with his chisel.

*This is a single or 2-part presentation program.

The painting to the right is featured in Lecture # 4 titled: 
Look to the Shore.

Discussed in the presentation is background on the artist, a study of important details in the painting, and the significance of all Christ's miracles both before and after the crucifixion. 

During the lecture the foreknowledge of Christ is reflected upon as it relates to his conversation with Peter after the seven had eaten with him that morning on the shores of the Sea of Galilee.

Information on the geography of the Galilean area and the significance of that region in Christ's ministry is covered, as well as thoughts on miracles in general.

Christ at the Sea of Galilee by Tintoretto

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