How Art Can Help Us Understand the Bible

Dante Rosetti’s painting of the annunciation,
when the angel visited Mary
(featured on thevcs.org recently)

Some of us are much more drawn to pictures and images than spoken or written words. And sometimes, trying to read and understand the Bible feels more like a confusing and dull homework assignment rather than a life-giving spiritual experience. Maybe, art can help! I’ve come across 3 excellent resources which help bring the Bible to life through visuals. If you’re drawn to pictures and art, this might be for you. Why not make use of these resources through Advent and into the new year?

The Bible Project is a non-profit animation studio that produces short, beautifully videos that help explain the unified story of the Bible. The videos are free and are suitable for all ages and have proven to be a huge success with a YouTube channel with over 2 million subscribers.

Find out more at: youtube.com/thebibleproject

The Visual Commentary of Scripture (VCS) is a freely accessible online publication that provides theological commentary on the Bible in dialogue with works of art. You can search their website by Bible passage, and they are currently running a special “Advent Calendar” of exhibitions through December. You can find out more and sign up for a newsletter to receive their emails at: thevcs.org/Advent2020

Christian Art offers a daily reflection on a piece of art as an email in your inbox. Their website says “we simply send you the Gospel reading of the day, alongside a work of art that we believe is poignant, reflective and appropriate to that reading.” Christian Art comes out of the Roman Catholic tradition of the church. Sign up here: www.christian.art/

I would be keen to hear from anyone who might like to join a group in the new year exploring the connection between Christianity and art as a way to help us grow in faith, enrich church life and inspire creativity.

David Maclure