The fifth art-appreciation lecture from the educational Shape and Meaning, devoted to the German contribution to the visual arts, was given today at the Khatoon-e-Fatima School in Islamabad.
The meeting was attended by 148 students and 12 teachers, being the lecture given in English with a simultaneous translation into the Urdu language.
Sister Rukhsana opened the event with prays for everyone in Pakistan. Afterwards Mariano Akerman referred to some German masterpieces and pointed out their biblical sources of inspiraton. He also explained the context in which they were executed and the symbolism they entail.
Mr. Akerman also drew a chronological line on which he included important dates concerning the Holy Scriptures and theis main protagonists.
Ephraim Lilien, "The Covenant of Abraham," Die Bucher der Bible, 1908
Moses leads the Children of Israel through the Red Sea, from The Luther Bible, Germany, c. 1530
Master Heinrich of Constance, The Visitation, c. 1310-20. Polychrome walnut, with gilding and rock crystal cabechons. German sculpture, from Katharienenthal Abbey, Switzerland. Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY
Stephen Lochner, The Madonna in the Rose Bower (Maria am Rosenhag), 1448. Wallraf-Richartz Museum, Cologne
Significantly, the students also learnt about the Biblical Manuscripts from Qumran (1st century C.E.) and the ivory Pomegranate from King Solomon's Temple (8th century B.C.E. or perhaps conceived even earlier), found at archaeological excavations that once took place in Jerusalem.
Biblical themes were explored via German artworks featuring The Creation, Adam and Eve, The Tower of Babel, Noah's Ark, Abraham contemplating the Stars, Moses and the Children of Israel crossing the Red Sea, The God Prophet, The Annuciation to Mary, The Visitation, The Virgin Mary and Baby Emmanuel, The Three Kings, Mother and Child, The Rose Garden, Young Jesus teaching in the Temple, and Jerusalem as City of Light.
Shape and Meaning: The German Contribution to the Arts, Pakistan 2010
Sister Rukhsana Lucas and Sister Stella Maria Younas: "We are very grateful to Mr. Mariano Akerman for being with us in our school and having a session on Bible stories that have been incorporated in the visual arts of Germany. He is a very competent lecturer and his way to talking to the students is very friendly. God bless him."
Mariano Akerman (Argentinean), City of the Lord and Peace, c. 1992-5. For Biblical Images, see Tali Education and ABC Gallery
Shape and Meaning: The German Contribution to the Visual Arts - Five Educational Lectures by Mariano Akerman, German Embassy Islamabad, 3.1.2011, Education & Culture
Deutsche Kunst - Form und Bedeutung. Eine Vorlesungsreihe von Mariano Akerman, Botschaft der Bundesrepublik Deutschland, Islamabad, 3.1.2011, Kulturelle Beziehungen (Andreas Dauth).
• Selected masterpieces at the German Art Gallery