Art and Spirituality in Rembrandt and Van Gogh with Henri Nouwen as Guide

College Regis College
Instructor(s) Mulrooney, Sean
Course Code RGP3815HS
Semester Second Semester
Section 0101
Online No
Credits One Credit
Location Toronto (St George Campus)

lthough art historians have spilled much ink on Rembrandt and van Gogh, the question "How does their art reveal their spirituality?" is seldom asked. Answering that question will be the focus of this course. Henri Nouwen's most popular book, The Return of the Prodigal Son is a reflection on Rembrandt's painting; and Nouwen gave a course at Yale three times in the 1970s on the art and ministry of Vincent van Gogh. We will use Nouwen's reflections as a jumping off point for our own as we consider how Rembrandt's and van Gogh's spirituality is expressed by their art and what that might mean for us today.

Crosslisted to (1) Theological
Schedule Fri
Start Time 11:00
End Time 13:00
Hours Per Week 2
Minimum Enrolment 6
Maximum Enrolment 20
Additional Notes

Students will be able to access Nouwen's course materials on van Gogh at the Henri Nouwen Archives at St. Michael's College Library. The course will also include two trips to the Art Gallery of Ontario to view and reflect on some artwork of Rembrandt and van Gogh.

Teaching Method
Means of Evaluation
Class Participation
Reflection Paper
Research Paper
Currently Offered Winter 2020