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Material and Devotional Arts: Dante, the Purified Soul & the Fourth Joyful Mystery

October 6, 2016 at 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm


USMC Artist-in-Resident and Sculptor Farhad Nargol-O’Neill was commissioned to depict the Rosary in bas-relief for the North and South Transepts of St. Michael’s Cathedral. In this talk, Nargol-O’Neill will discuss the material, technical, biblical, and compositional elements involved in his work, including the nature of carving bas-relief in plaster and its material quality as it relates to light and shadow, as well as the importance of working with these materials in the digital age. Nargol-O’Neill will also delve into Dante’s metaphor of weightlessness and how this was used as a compositional device joining biblical narratives with the experience of Christ.

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