2. The Presentation & The Betrothal

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

It focuses on two events: The Presentation of the Virgin in the Temple and The Marriage of the Virgin. It discusses a carved ivory from Constantinople, The Presentation of the Virgin in the Temple (tenth century), and a sculpture from the Northern Netherlands, The Betrothal of the Virgin (c.1490/1500), both in the Bode-Museum, Berlin.

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

Artworks: Constantinople, The Presentation of the Virgin in the Temple, tenth century, Ivory, Bode-Museum, Berlin, inv. no. 2551; Northern Netherlands, The Betrothal of the Virgin, c.1490/1500, Bode-Museum, Berlin.

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.

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

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