This series of five films on the theme of Crossing Borders, our Art and Religion theme for 2021–22, highlights diverse perspectives on topical subjects including migration, gender, materials, and faith in Jewish, Christian, and Islamic contexts. With Orazio Gentileschi’s two paintings, 'The Finding of Moses' and 'The Rest on the Flight into Egypt', as inspiration, the film’s contributors make connections with topics including the Dutch painter Jan Steen, the Jewish Talmud, the Victorian poet Christina Rossetti and an Islamic lamp in the Wallace Collection. The five films are by members of our Interfaith Sacred Art Forum and its Sacred Art in Collections pre-1900 Network.
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Art historian and theologian Ayla Lepine focuses on the question: How can Muslim, Christian, and Jewish perspectives on Moses help us to see Orazio Gentileschi’s 'The Finding of Moses' in new ways?
Educator Alexis Stones focuses on the question: How does an Islamic lamp shed light on Orazio Gentileschi’s 'The Finding of Moses'?
Theologian Emily S. Kempson focuses on the question: What can Christina Rossetti’s poetry tell us about Christ as a refugee?
Artist Jacqueline Nicholls focuses on the question: How does Jacqueline Nicholls’ art highlight feminism and women in the Bible and the Talmud?
Curator Robert Wenley focuses on the question: How did Jan Steen depict the Jewish story of Esther?