11. Holy Kinship

The eleventh film in the series focusing on one of Christianity’s central figures: The Virgin Mary.

It focuses on the Holy Kinship and discusses Hans Thoman’s Holy Kinship (c.1515) in the Bode-Museum, Berlin.

Presented by VCS Director Professor Ben Quash and Deputy Director Dr Jennifer Sliwka.

Artwork: Hans Thoman, Holy Kinship, c.1515, Limewood, Bode-Museum, Berlin, inv. no. 5585.

Part of the Series Unlocking Christian Art. Produced in partnership with the National Museums in Berlin, these short films tell the story of the Virgin Mary with the help of the treasures of the Bode-Museum and the Gemäldegalerie, both sculpture and painting. These films are designed to equip users to understand, read, and enjoy some of Europe’s greatest works of Christian art, as well as the texts that inspired them, and to encourage fresh interpretation and insight in today’s audiences.

Related Exhibitions

Cognacio (Spiritual kinship), from Omne Bonum (Absolucio-Circumcisio) by James le Palmer
The Daughters of Edward Darley Boit by John Singer Sargent
The Holy Kinship by Unknown artist, South Germany

Matthew 12:46–50; Mark 3:31–35; Luke 8:19–21
Who are my Mother and my Brothers?

More Bode-Museum & Gemäldegalerie Unlocking Christian Art: The Virgin Mary

1. The Virgin Mary: Introduction (9:27)
2. The Presentation & The Betrothal (7:11)
3. The Annunciation (4:19)
4. The Visitation (5:12)
5. The Adoration of the Christ Child (6:04)
6. Leave-Taking (4:04)
7. The Virgin at the Foot of the Cross (7:28)
8. The Dormition / The Assumption (9:29)
9. The Queen of Heaven (7:04)
10. Immaculate Conception (5:15)
11. Holy Kinship (4:52)
12. Byzantine Types and their Legacy (5:42)
13. Virgin as ‘Ecclesia’ and Intercessor (8:02)