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Caravaggio's Supper at Emmaus 1601
Caravaggio, 'The Supper at Emmaus', 1601, The National Gallery, London, Photo: © National Gallery, London / Art Resource, NY

Introductory Videos

Two short films on our vision for the Visual Commentary on Scripture.

Visual Commentary on Scripture logo
Trailer for the Visual Commentary on Scripture project (0:52)
 Raphael's The Mond Crucifixion
Introduction to the Visual Commentary on Scripture (2:57)

Video Exhibitions

In each of these short films a biblical text is explored with the help of three artworks.

Lot's Wife by Unknown artist
Landscape with the Destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah by Joachim Patinir
View from the town hall tower to the south with the allegory of kindness (sculpture by August Schreitmüller, 1908–10), from the series Dresden after the bombardment of 13–14 February 1945 by Richard Peter Sr

Genesis 19:1–29
Lot’s Wife

Belshazzar's Feast by Rembrandt van Rijn
Belshazzar's Feast by John Martin
Belshazzar’s Feast, the Writing on Your Wall by Susan Hiller

Daniel 5
The Writing on the Wall

The Last Supper by Leonardo da Vinci
The Institution of the Eucharist by Ercole de' Roberti
The Last Supper by Sadao Watanabe

Matthew 26:26–29; Mark 14:22–25; Luke 22:15–20
The Last Supper

Lamentation over the Dead Christ by Andrea Mantegna
Invisible Mother by Urs Fischer
The Entombment (or Christ being carried to his Tomb) by Michelangelo Buonarroti

Matthew 27:57–61; Mark 15:42–47; Luke 23:50–56; John 19:38–42
The Burial of Christ

The Transfiguration by Theophanes the Greek and workshop
"monument" for V. Tatlin by Dan Flavin
Transfiguration (Cell 6) by Fra Angelico

Matthew 17:1–8; Mark 9:2–8; Luke 9:28–36
The Transfiguration

Sestertius showing the goddess Roma seated on the seven hills (reverse), Head of Vespasian (obverse) by Unknown artist
Babylon, the Great, is Fallen by Robert Roberg
A Harlot's Progress, Plate 1 by William Hogarth

Revelation 17
The Whore of Babylon


Unlocking Christian Art at the Bode-Museum: Jesus Christ

Produced in partnership with the National Museums in Berlin, these short films tell the story of Jesus with the help of treasures from the Bode-Museum.

The VCS logo followed by the text "Unlocking Christian Art: Jesus Christ. Introduction"
1. Jesus Christ: An Introduction (8:36)
The VCS logo followed by the text "Unlocking Christian Art: Jesus Christ. The Annunciation"
2. The Annunciation (5:22)
The VCS logo followed by the text "Unlocking Christian Art: Jesus Christ. The Baptism"
3. The Baptism (5:24)
The VCS logo followed by the text "Unlocking Christian Art: Jesus Christ. The Last Supper"
4. The Last Supper (6:45)
The VCS logo followed by the text "Unlocking Christian Art: Jesus Christ. The Crucifixion"
5. The Crucifixion (5:01)
The VCS logo followed by the text "Unlocking Christian Art: Jesus Christ. Andachtsbilder"
6. Andachtsbilder (5:52)
The VCS logo followed by the text "Unlocking Christian Art: Jesus Christ. The Bode-Museum"
Welcome from Senior Curator of Bode-Museum Berlin (1:07)

Unlocking Christian Art at the Gemäldegalerie: Jesus Christ

Produced in partnership with the National Museums in Berlin, these short films tell the story of Jesus with the help of treasures from the Gemäldegalerie.

The VCS logo followed by the text "Unlocking Christian Art: Jesus Christ. Introduction"
1. Jesus Christ: An Introduction (8:36)
The VCS logo followed by the text "Unlocking Christian Art: Jesus Christ. The Adoration of the Magi"
2. The Adoration (4:24)
The VCS logo followed by the text "Unlocking Christian Art: Jesus Christ. The Baptism"
3. The Baptism (4:35)
The VCS logo followed by the text "Unlocking Christian Art: Jesus Christ. Miracles"
4. Miracles (4:41)
The VCS logo followed by the text "Unlocking Christian Art: Jesus Christ. The Crucifixion"
5. The Crucifixion of Jesus (4:32)
The VCS logo followed by the text "Unlocking Christian Art: Jesus Christ. The Dead Christ"
6. The Dead Christ (5:18)
The VCS logo followed by the text "Unlocking Christian Art: Jesus Christ. The Resurrection"
7. The Resurrection (6:03)
The VCS logo followed by the text "Unlocking Christian Art: Jesus Christ. Andachtsbilder"
8. Andachtsbilder (5:52)
The VCS logo followed by the text "Unlocking Christian Art: Jesus Christ. The Last Judgement"
9. The Last Judgement (6:24)
The VCS logo followed by the text "Unlocking Christian Art: Jesus Christ. The Gemäldegalerie"
Welcome from Director of the Gemäldegalerie, Berlin (1:09)

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

Produced in partnership with the National Museums in Berlin, these short films tell the story of the Virgin Mary with the help of treasures from the Bode-Museum and Gemäldegalerie.

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. 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)

Interfaith Discussions

At the Bode-Museum in Berlin, a single artwork provides a starting point for an interfaith discussion between members of the three main Abrahamic religions (Judaism, Christianity, and Islam).

The VCS logo followed by "Interfaith Discussions: Eve"
Eve: An Interfaith Discussion at the Bode-Museum, Berlin (19:43)
The VCS logo followed by "Interfaith Discussions: Abraham"
Abraham: An Interfaith Discussion at the Bode-Museum, Berlin (18:16)

Creative Conversations

In these conversations, living artists working in a variety of different artistic media discuss how the Bible and its legacies of visual and theological interpretation operate as a vital resource for their own creativity.

The VCS logo followed by "Creative Conversations: Ben Quash with Wim Wenders" overlaying a photo of the two speakers.
Creative Conversations: Ben Quash with Wim Wenders (16:36)
Creative Conversations Katherine Rundell
Creative Conversations: Ben Quash with Katherine Rundell (31:11)

Thematic Videos

Some of the world's most famous artworks are showcased in these films, as academics from different disciplines come together to discuss their relationship with the Bible.

The VCS logo followed by "Raphael's Acts of the Apostles: The Long Reach of his Designs for the Sistine Chapel
Raphael’s Acts of the Apostles: The Long Reach of his Designs for the Sistine Chapel (29:31)
The VCS logo followed by "Caravaggio's Supper at Emmaus (1601)" overlaying an image of the artwork.
Caravaggio’s Supper at Emmaus (7:54)