Nature's Revelation in Religious Art

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

During this tour / discussion, we will compare and contrast paintings and sculptures from major world religions: Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, and Judaism. We will explore images of the natural world that have been created to reveal qualities of the divine and convey important religious teachings to the faithful. The variety of roles played by the natural world in religious art is fascinating: from Christian landscapes revealing the glory of God the Creator to a wall hanging featuring a kadamba tree, avatar of Krishna; from the arabesque vines and flowers in Islamic art pointing to the eternal nature of Allah to the Buddhist temple ceiling revealing the relationship of the natural world to Nirvana; from a Jewish depiction of Nazi cruelty as a vulture to the Christian image of the Holy Spirit as a dove.  


Wednesday, July 19, 2017*

6:30 – 8:30 PM



Wednesday, July 26, 2017

6:30 – 8:30 PM


Cost: $10 per person -- 15 maximum

(includes parking, museum admission, and program)


This program will be guided by Rev. John B. Hougen, PhD, a consultant with the Interfaith Center and a volunteer guide at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. For more information or to schedule similar events for groups of 6 to 15, please contact John Hougen:


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