art

Botticini’s ‘The Assumption of the Virgin’
James Hanvey SJ contemplates Botticini’s ‘The Assumption of the Virgin’ and finds that it not only captures the complex mystery of the Assumption, but also illuminates the truth contained within this great feast. ‘The Assumption gives us a vision of the home that awaits us, and the promise that is and will be fulfilled.’ In the National Gallery in London there is an impressive painting by Francesco Botticini. Its theme is ‘The Assumption of the Virgin’ and it is believed to have been...
A new Creative Arts Space, designed, developed and delivered by refugees has launched at Jesuit Refugee Service UK.Refugee-led activities focus on improving skills, confidence, health and well-being by locating the skills, interests and desires of refugees at the centre of the planning process. Many of our refugee friends, who are caught up in the web of policies known as the hostile environment, are barred from accessing services and work; which enforces idleness and marginalisation. These...
On the evening of the 21st February, over 300 people gathered to hear Dr Gabriele Finaldi, director of the National Gallery and a committed Catholic, speaking on ‘Art and Faith’ at Farm Street Church in Mayfair.Artists from all spheres, including high-profile painters such as James Gillick, gathered for the talk which marked the launch of Catholic Creators, a new initiative dedicated to supporting and connecting Catholic artists from across the UK. Led by artists for artists, the group will...
Dr Gabriele Finaldi
Catholic Creators UK is an exciting new initiative dedicated to supporting and connecting Catholic creatives from across the UK.Dr Gabriele Finaldi, director of the National Gallery and a committed Catholic, will talk at the launch event on 21st February giving his unique perspective on art and faith.Led by artists for artists, Catholic Creators UK has emerged out of a desire from Catholic artists to receive spiritual formation, share their work and connect. Creatives from all spheres, along...
In the Spiritual Exercises, St Ignatius gives us the idea of meeting sacred scripture with one's own life, mediated through Imaginative Contemplation. The aim of these reflections is to do this in tandem with pieces of art. Each month therefore, we will offer a painting in the hope that it will enable you to reflect more deeply on a particular passage of scripture. The idea is that you can return to the painting and scripture and discover more depth throughout the month.
Christ at the Column by Palms il vecchio at Campion Hall oxford
The Hall together with Christ Church College will be offering two meditations on works of art for Holy Week.These will take place on Wednesday 12th and Thursday 13th April at 4pm and all are welcome to attend. The theme of these meditations is that of 'Sorrowful Mysteries.'On Wednesday at 4pm there will be a talk at Campion Hall by the Very Revd Professor Martin Percy, Dean of Christ Church and Professor Peter Davidson, Senior Research Fellow at the Hall on the painting by Palma Vecchio, '...
‘The Annunciation’ by Helen Elwes. Photo: Campion Hall
A very ordinary painting prompts an Oxford philosopher to think about the extraordinary feast that we observe on 25 March. When we contemplate the Annunciation, are we trying to understand, to penetrate, to grasp the transcendent mystery beneath what, on the surface, is very ordinary; or to recover a sense of the very ordinariness of the events which bore so much theological weight? At the top of a staircase in Campion Hall, the Jesuit-run private hall in the University of Oxford, there...