Bible and Visual Arts

The Hellenic Bible Society organized on the 16th and 17th of December at the Cultural Center of the Archdiocese of Athens, an International Conference on “Bible and Visual Arts”. The Conference began with the opening address of the Hellenic Bible Society’s General Secretary Mr. Michalis Chatzigiannis, while the representative of the Church of Greece Bishop of Velestino Damaskinos read the salutation of the Archbishop of Athens and all Greece Ieronymos II.

Conference sessions began with Prof. Miltiadis Konstantinou, Dean of the Faculty of Theology at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki presiding during the presentation of Professor of Philosophy Christos Yannaras under the title “How does Painting Read the Bible? Gruenewald’s Crucified and the Crucified from Dafni”.

The second session of the day was presided by Professor Emeritus from the Faculty of Theology at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki Dimitris Kaimakis and included two presentations. The first one from the Associate Professor at the School of Visual and Applied Arts at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki Stella Lavva under the title “Bible Reception in European Painting of the thcentury” and the second one from the Assistant Professor at the School of History and Archaeology at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki Melina Paisidou under the title “Iconographical Issues from the Area of Prespes and Ohrid during the 15thcentury”.

The first session of Saturday morning was presided by Associate Professor from the Faculty of Theology at University of Athens Konstantinos Zarras and included three presentations. The first, by the archivist and librarian of the Catholic Archdiocese of Naxos-Tinos fr. Markos Foskolos had the title “Biblia Pauperum – Biblia Analphabetarum: The Holy Scripture during the Romanesque and Gothic Era”, the second, by the Director of the Greek Historical Evangelical Archive Mr. Ioannis Tsevas had the title “Van Gogh and the Bible”, and the third, by the Lecturer of the Faculty of Architecture at Ariel University in Israel Edna Langenthal, had the title “The Garden of Paradise as a Pre-House”.

The second session was presided by the Assistant Professor of the Faculty of Theology at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki fr. Ioannis Skiadaresis included three presentations. Georgios Kordis, theologian, painter and iconographer presented on “Painting Dialogue with Biblical Subjects. Performance and Art”. The following presentation, by fr. Loukas Xenofontinos, an hagiographer, was on “Inspiration and Artistic Creation under the Light of the Holy Scripture”. Konstantinos Xenopoulos, Master Hagiographer of the Patriarchate of Alexandria presented on “Tradition in Art”.

During the final part of the Conference there was a round table discussion in which fr. Loukas Xenofontinos, Georgios Kordis, and Konstantinos Xenopoulos participated. The round table was presided by the Dean of the Faculty of Theology at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki Miltiadis Konstantinou.

The scientific committee of the conference comprised of: Ioannis Karavidopoulos (Prof. Emeritus of the Faculty of Theology at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki), Miltiadis Konstantinou (Dean of the Faculty of Theology at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki), and Konstantinos Zarras (Associate Professor of the Faculty of Theology at the University of Athens).

You can watch the Conference’s presentations by clicking on each title through our YouTube Channel: Hellenic Bible Society

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