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LIFE@Lynchburg: Ecce Ancilla Domini: The Angel, the Virgin, and the Art of the Annunciation

November 15, 2023 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Presented by Richard Burke.

Paintings of the Annunciation — the moment when the Archangel Gabriel tells Mary that she is to be the mother of God’s son — depict an essential encounter between the human and the celestial in the Christian tradition. The Annunciation is an intrinsically dramatic scene and has been the subject of countless paintings and other works of art. Many famous painters, such as Duccio, Sandro Botticelli, Fra Angelico, Jan van Eyck, and Rogier van der Weyden, produced beautiful depictions of the scene, as well as countless nameless artists, such as those whose work adorns the Royal Doors in every Russian Orthodox church. While the range of these works is wonderfully broad, the paintings commonly follow certain conventions, which create both continuity and the opportunity for striking deviations. Understanding the different figures, varied contents, and rich symbolism on display in these paintings enriches our appreciation and enjoyment of them.

The University of Lynchburg’s LIFE@Lynchburg program offers not-for-credit learning opportunities for community members age 50 and older. The program features weekly presentations on a variety of engaging topics, taught by current and retired faculty and staff members or area educators and presenters.

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November 15, 2023
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
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Sarah M. Rhodes

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