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Death of the Beautiful Young Man

Why is Jesus so often portrayed as young and beautiful in his suffering and death in spite of our lack of information about his age or appearance? What systems of belief are encoded in artistic renderings of the crucifixion? What hierarchies of value persist in our ongoing representations? What is at stake in the depiction of the death Christians call redemptive? This course will look at these questions from a variety of perspectives — art historical, anthropological, theological and philosophical — and in dialogue with a variety of media — painting, sculpture, music and film, asking participants to become thoughtful critics of the explicit and implied messages inherent in the iconography of Jesus' death.

Dates:  February 7-8, March 7-8 and April 4-5
Time: 1 pm on Friday until Saturday at 4:30 pm with online work between meetings
Location: Chicago
Instructor:  The Rev. Dr. John Dally
Course number:  HTS2137

This course will also include six sessions that are open to the public for $10 each. Sign up for one or more. Learn more and register online.

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