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The Annunciation : A Pilgrim’s Quest

24th Mar 2021 10:00 - 24th Mar 2021 16:30 Event Type: Lecture

This Study Day, given by Canon Mark Byford, will involve four separate but complementary talks/lectures of 45-50 minutes, each richly illustrated, on different aspects of the Annunciation, with time for pauses and individual reflection in between. (For copyright reasons these sessions will only be available live.)

10.00am - 11.00am. THE JOURNEY BEGINS

Mark Byford explains how a chance encounter with François Lemoyne’s painting of the Annunciation in the National Gallery led him to set out on a three-year pilgrimage of discovery, to understand the history of the picture that came to Winchester College from Paris in 1729 and to learn more about Luke’s gospel passage that was the inspiration behind the Lemoyne work. One bishop tells him the Annunciation ‘is the most important event in human history’. If so, why has the status of the feast day been lost in today’s world?

11.30am - 12.30pm. THE MEANING OF THE MEANING

For three years, Mark listened to more than a hundred senior clerics from all Christian denominations, world-renowned theologians and leading art historians offer their own personal interpretations of Luke’s gospel story of the Annunciation. What did they tell him and what phrases resonated in particular?

2.00pm - 3.00pm. SEEING NOT LOOKING

As part of his pilgrimage, Mark travelled the length and breadth of the country, crossed the Continent, and visited the Holy Land in search of the most famous and iconic images and artistic symbols of the Annunciation. What did he learn from such a diverse range of works and which ones made the most impression on him and why?

3.30pm - 4.30pm. THE WORD AND THE NOTE

In the final session of the day, Mark highlights some of the greatest poetry and music that has been inspired by Luke’s gospel passage on the Annunciation. The presentation is followed by a final group session and discussion.

Tickets for this event are on sale at £10 + £1.25 booking fee for all four talks

The Zoom link will be sent to ticketholders the day before the event, and they will be let into the room from 9.30am.

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