The Art of Seeing

The Journey to the Epiphany

through the four senses hermeneutic/ of interpretation

Thursday 19th January 2023 

 7-8pm UK time via Zoom

with Mary Attwood  


“The star which they saw in the east, went before them

Matthew 2:9

The Christian mythos is rich in symbolic and metaphoric meaning. The story of the Epiphany reveals to us the importance of keeping our eyes open to the world around us and following the guidance, spiritually, of something greater than us – in the case of the story of the Epiphany, it was the heavens with its guiding star.  But it also invites us to see the epiphanies that are before us if we alter our perception and re-discover the many “eyes” we have.  It is for this reason that many of the images created of the Epiphany, the journey of the three magi to acknowledge the Christ child, are abundantly detailed and act as an aid for an awake form of meditation through the eyes.  To help guide us will be the ancient framework of the four senses hermeneutic/ of interpretation, pre-Christian in its origin but taken up by the early Church fathers into the Christian tradition.  The work of art will not be revealed until the evening but it is an image which becomes a pilgrimage for the eye of the viewer, intended to move you into a place of beholding and revelation of the sacred.  When understood in this way, the image becomes transformative. 

These sessions offer theory, participation and reflection as a way to draw together the threads of historical context, meaning, and a personal encounter with a work of art.
This session is £10 per household. If you are not a fan of PayPal you can email Mary directly at
For those who cannot attend live, there will be a recording available.

BOOKING: Please book through Mary Attwood’s website here

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