United Theological Seminary

Lecture: Jennifer Awes-Freeman, The Iconography of Advent

December 9, 2021 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM

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The Iconography of Advent: Images of Mary East and West
Presented by Dr. Jennifer Awes-Freeman

Via Zoom; free to attend

Images of the Virgin Mary are so ubiquitous in western culture that it’s often difficult to see them—and indeed Mary herself—afresh. This is perhaps most true during the Advent and Christmas season when she appears on greeting cards, magazine covers, and even postage stamps. This lecture will explore early Christian, medieval, and Byzantine depictions of Mary and will consider some similarities and divergences between Eastern and Western images of the Mother of God, and what we might glean from such a rich and complex theological tradition.

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