Pat Kane introduces us to three more images from the Methodist Modern Art Collection coming to the Focolare Centre for Unity in March 2024.
[New City Magazine – February 2024, page 20-21]
It was Pope Gregory the Great who in about 600 AD declared that images and sculptures of Christian subjects could be used in churches. He said that ‘images can do for the illiterate what words can do for those who can read.’
Perhaps there is another kind of ‘literacy’, other than the word, which is visual literacy. Images have the capacity to bypass the intellect and speak directly to the heart and soul. Richly decorated medieval and Renaissance churches are testimony to this. We can often find fresco cycles of the life of Christ and the life of Mary, the Creation, the Fall, and Redemption, as well as stories of well known saints such as Francis of Assisi.
The Eastern Orthodox Church has continued and developed this tradition through its use of icons. A religious icon is very much more than a picture of someone. It is a sacred object, an aid to prayer, a channel between God and the viewer.
The forthcoming exhibition, ‘Deepening the Mystery’ at the Centre for Unity in Welwyn Garden City, will give us the opportunity to meditate on the life of Jesus portrayed in contemporary art.
Date of exhibition:
1st March – 7th April 2024
Focolare Centre for Unity, 69 Parkway, Welwyn Garden City AL8 6JG
Fool of God
(1993) Oil on paper
Washing of the Feet
(2004) Acrylic on canvas
All images from the Methodist Modern Art Collection
©Trustees for Methodist Church Purposes
The exhibition is free admission. However, if you would like to help with costs, please support our crowdfunding appeal: