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The John Wesley Fellows Meeting at Candler—- The Art of Theology

posted by Ben Witherington

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The John Wesley Fellows meeting this January was held in Atlanta at Candler School of Theology, and its Dean,  Dean Love is a collector of art for the seminary, with some 50 or so paintings now gracing the walls of their beautiful new seminary building.  The art of choice comes from a West coast artist influenced by Hispanic or Latin American art, named John August Swanson.  He has done a remarkable number of Biblical scenes, for instance above we have David and Goliath.
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Here we have Jacob’s  dream (above).
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Above is the disciples with the great catch of fish.

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Oops.  This is a sideways picture of the Good Samaritan.

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Here we have the raising of Lazarus.

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Here is St. Michael slaying the dragon.

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Here is a painting of scenes in stained glass in a cathedral.  There are many more of this ilk in Candler’s new building. 

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posted January 10, 2011 at 10:28 am

John August Swanson’s work is lovely and profound. I had the opportunity to meet Mr Swanson last fall and he is as wonderful as his art. If you folks at Candler have the chance to meet him- don’t miss the opportunity.

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