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Artistic Interpretations of Genesis
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
From the Fall to the Flood
Presented by P. Scott Brown MA, MPhil, PhD – Associate Professor of Art History, UNF
Medieval and Renaissance artists and theologians used images in part to explore the meaning of the often perplexing and at times disturbing details of Scripture: the Temptation, the Fall, the murder of Abel, the mysterious descendants of Adam and Eve who appear and just as suddenly disappear from the narrative of Genesis. Medieval and Renaissance illuminated manuscripts, sculptures, and painted altarpieces served not merely to depict the stories of Scripture but to interpret and to explain them in both human and theological terms. This presentation will survey the wide range of interpretations of Genesis reflected in medieval and Renaissance religious art, offering historical perspective on the ways in which we continue to seek and find meaning in Holy Scripture.
Scott Brown is a specialist in medieval art history with particular focuses on Romanesque sculpture and the liturgical and popular receptions of medieval art. Dr. Brown received his doctorate in the History of Art in 2004 from Yale University. His research and publications address topics including the origins of medieval architectural sculpture, architectural sculpture and liturgy, spolia in medieval art, medieval epigraphy, the restoration of medieval sculpture, and iconographies of women and the profane. Dr. Brown joined the faculty of the University of North Florida in 2005 and teaches widely on the critical interpretation of art and on the art of the Middle Ages and early modern period in courses including Art Appreciation, Romanesque Art, Northern Renaissance and Northern Baroque Art, and the Apocalypse in Art.