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WHAT:             Lecture: “Seeing Man: The Sacred and the Secular in Holbein’s ‘The Ambassadors’ ”


WHEN:             7 p.m., Tuesday, April 13


WHERE:           The Catholic University of America          

                        Caldwell Hall Auditorium

                        620 Michigan Ave., N.E.

                        Washington, D.C.


DETAILS:         Michael Mack, CUA associate professor of English, will deliver the fifth and final lecture in the series “Faith, Reason and the Imagination: Seeing the Sacred.” In his talk, titled “Seeing Man: The Sacred and the Secular in Holbein’s ‘The Ambassadors,’ ” Mack will interpret the symbolism in the painting by Hans Holbein the Younger to demonstrate how the artwork calls into doubt the very accomplishments it honors, serving as a reminder of the limits of human knowledge and power.  


Mack’s lecture accompanies an exhibit at the Pope John Paul II Cultural Center titled “Contemplating the Sacred: Religious Works of Contemporary Artists,” which opened March 8 and will run through April 15. Provided by the Foundation for Sacred Arts, the exhibit at the cultural center is the first of several stops on a national tour.


The lecture series and art exhibit, which are free and open to the public, explore the intersection of faith, reason and the imagination, expanding the themes of a CUA lecture series in fall 2003 that examined faith and the formation of intellect. For more information, call 202-319-5114. 


SPONSORS:     The Catholic University of America

                        Foundation for Sacred Arts

                        Pope John Paul II Cultural Center


MEDIA:             To cover the event, call Katie Lee in the Office of Public Affairs at 202-319-5600.







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