5. The Adoration of the Christ Child

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

It focuses on the Adoration of the Christ Child, and discusses Fra Filippo Lippi’s The Virgin Adoring the Child (Adoration in the Forest), c.1459, in the Gemäldegalerie, Berlin.

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

Artwork: Fra Filippo Lippi’s The Virgin Adoring the Child (Adoration in the Forest), c.1459, Tempera and oil on poplar wood, Gemäldegalerie, Berlin, Kat. Nr. 69.

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 1. The Virgin Mary: Introduction 1. The Virgin Mary: Introduction (9:27)

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 Presentation & The Betrothal"
2. The Presentation & The Betrothal (7:11)
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. 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)