On Thursday, Nov. 16 at 7:00 PM EST, Center for Spiritual Wisdom will host its virtual monthly discussion series A Little About A Lot. This engaging community discussion covers social, religious, and spiritual topics with curated online content consumed prior to the discussion. Join us for the November installment of A Little About A Lot titled Beholding Beauty: Symbols, Saints, & Icons in 14th and 15th Century Art

In this installment, we will journey back in time to the world of Renaissance art led by The Rev. Judith A. Davis, PhD. European art from the 14th and 15th centuries includes a treasure trove of hidden meanings and symbols that are just waiting to be unraveled. The Rev. Davis invites us to not merely look but truly see, to delve beyond the surface and explore the depths of these masterpieces. These works of art are windows into a world of spirituality, mystery, and symbolism. We will explore how art, symbolism, and mystery can deepen our own spiritual practice.

Discover paintings and icons from the Italian Renaissance, Russian Orthodox tradition, and contemporary icons created in the early Renaissance tradition. Together we will focus on Andrei Rublev’s Trinity, an early 15th C. Russian Orthodox icon that has been reinterpreted in The Rev. Davis’s contemporary icon of this masterpiece. In addition we will look at symbolism in Italian Renaissance paintings and frescoes by the artists Giotto and Duccio. We will discuss symbolism in the icons of several European saints like Saint Thérèse of Lisieux, Saint Julian of Norwich, and Saint Hildegard of Bingen, which Judith has reinterpreted in her own icon paintings of these mystics. 

The Rev. Davis is a Priest Associate at St. Philip’s Episcopal Church in Brevard, North Carolina, Adjunct Professor of Religion at Brevard College, past President of the Transylvania Choral Society, VP of the Transylvania County Bird Club, Oblate of the Benedictine Sisters of Erie, artist, birder, mom, wife, musician, poet, priest and general Renaissance woman.

Participants are asked to engage with a brief selection of online materials prior to the discussion on November 16. A suggested donation of $8 or more will help us cover expenses associated with this offering.