The Art of Seeing 

The Passion of Christ 

(rescheduled from 27th April)

Thursday 4th May 2023 

 7-8pm UK time via Zoom

£10

“The experience of the Mass is therefore a participation in the transcendence of life, which overcomes all bounds

of space and time. It is a moment of eternity in time.”

Dr Carl Jung 

Following on from Easter, this month’s Art of Seeing session will focus on one painting telling the story of the Passion of Christ. Scenes of the Passion came to the forefront of religious art from the 1200s, at a time when both Francis of Assisi and Ibn’ Arabi, in different parts of the world, emphasised a move from the intellectual pursuit of the mystical in the head, to the heart and imagination. Images, texts and sermons encouraged the “unshackling of the imagination” and the compassionate – com patiens meaning to suffer with – response to help experience the divine presence rather than merely think about it. The Fourth Lateran Council declared the transubstantiation in 1215 which further enhanced the move away from the symbolic to the actual. The wine and host no longer just represented or symbolised the blood and flesh of Christ, but actually became the blood and flesh of Christ during Mass. As Swiss psychologist, Dr Carl Jung stated, “The experience of the Mass is therefore a participation in the transcendence of life, which overcomes all bounds of space and time. It is a moment of eternity in time.” The images of Christ focused on his suffering and his humanness through the events leading up to the Crucifixion, the Crucifixion itself, and just after it. Not only did this evoke greater compassion and empathy in the viewer, but also heightened the potential of spiritual and soulful transformation through the resurrection.   

These sessions are £10 per person. Email me directly to book at info@maryattwood.com or you can use the PayPal button below.
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