Some of the great works of art in history are coming to life at the Museum of the Bible in Washington, DC.
The new exhibit, ‘Picture Books of the Past: Reading an Old Master Painting’ gives visitors a plain view of the paintings of the European “old masters” like Tintoretto, Dolci, and Murillo.
During a time when the Bible was available only to a privileged few, the church used the visual arts to help those who couldn’t read and to inspire religious devotion.
“It is important to read, analyze and interpret images. Understanding how people of the past used images to communicate profound ideas can help viewers move beyond the idea of images as entertainment to images as meaningful constructs,” said Erin Jones, executive director of the Museum & Gallery.
“A thorough understanding can also help with interpreting visual propaganda so common in our culture today,” she added.
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