Sunday, February 21, 2016

Coming up this Thursday at 9.00am BBC Radio 4 In Our Time on Mary Magdalene

This coming Thursday Feb 25th at 9.00am UK time is the latest programme of "In Our Time" on Mary Magdalene with

Joanne Anderson, lecturer in Art History at the Warburg Institute, School of Advanced Study, University of London; Eamon Duffy, Emeritus Professor of the History of Christianity at the University of Cambridge; and Joan Taylor, Professor of Christian Origins and Second Temple Judaism at Kings College London.

On the left is Titian's Noli Me Tangere (1541) in the National Gallery. Titian's picture centers on the interaction of the two figures. Mary's hand reaches towards Christ. The curve of Christ's body leans towards Mary as one hand holds back the clothing.[1] A gardening implement frames and curtails what might be an upward movement of ascension echoed by the tree hemming in the two figures.

[1]   David Brown, Sylvia Ferrino Pagden, Jaynie Anderson, Bellini, Giorgione, Titian and the Renaissance of Venetian Painting (New Haven, Yale University Press, 2006) p.128 report that x-rays of the painting show that the figure of Christ changed from moving left stiffly to the present dynamic spiral motion.

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