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Tuesday, November 14, 2017 - 9:30am

The symposium is FREE but advance registration is required.
The N.T. Wright lecture is FREE and seating is first come, first served.


Symposium: Jacob and His Twelve Sons: the Intersection of Art and World Religion

9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. – Bob and Jean Smith Auditorium, Meadows Museum
7:30 p.m. keynote lecture with N.T. Wright – Wesley Hall, Highland Park United Methodist Church

Join SMU faculty experts and local scholars for a daylong symposium examining a monumental series of religious paintings by the 17th-century Spanish master, Francisco de Zurbarán, on display at the Meadows Museum through January 7. At the height of his artistic maturity and inspired by the text of Genesis 49, Zurbarán and his workshop created life-size oil-on-canvas paintings of the Hebrew patriarch and each of his 12 sons – the individuals who would become the founders of the Twelve Tribes of Israel. These vivid biblical characters are present in the foundations of the world’s three enduring monotheistic faith traditions – Judaism, Christianity and Islam. The morning program will engage in a conversation exploring the religious context and significance of Zurbarán’s works from the vantage points of Judaism, Islam and Christianity, while the afternoon sessions will focus on broad historical, art historical and musical contexts. The program will climax in the evening with a keynote talk and conversation on the timeless theme of faith in the arts led by the celebrated theologian and author N.T. Wright. Currently serving as a research professor of New Testament and early Christianity at St. Mary’s College, University of St. Andrews, Scotland, Wright is the former Bishop of Durham. As the Bishop of Durham, Wright lived daily in the presence of Zurbarán’s Jacob and His Twelve Sons at Auckland Castle, where the works have been housed since 1756. For more information and to register, call 214.768.8587.


For more information call 214.768.8587