Episode 19 in The Lives of the Saints – Second Series, focused on the life of St. Joseph of Arimathea is now available in both video and podcast versions. Finding a good graphic for St. Joseph was a challenge, since there are so few icons, mosaics or paintings of him. The Byzantine icon, Descent from the Cross (14th C., Agia Marina, Kalapanagiotis, Cyprus shows the scene well. But the most striking is Lamentation Over the Dead Christ, painted in oil on canvas by Pietro Perugino in 1495 A.D. and which is now displayed at the Pitta Palace, Florence, Italy, provides the most famous depiction. From it many have extracted the head of St. Joseph, who kneels at the feet of Jesus.
Another image of Joseph of Arimathea is from the Life of Christ series of sketches in charcoal and watercolor by French artist James Tissot, now in the collection of the Brooklyn Museum, which has made them available in the public domain. In Tissot’s work the subject is much more clearly of Semetic origins (compared to the Europeanized image painted by Perugino and typical of Western Church art).
The episode runs not quite 12 minutes.
GREAT NEWS FROM THE AIC BOOKSTORE
After many delays the Second Edition of The Prayer Book Psalter: History, Text and Commentary is now available in both paperback and Kindle versions. You can purchase either or both versions (discount offered for purchasers of both versions) using the two Virtual Bookstore links at the AIC web site’s Home page. The revised edition features larger illustrations in the Introduction, text formatting changes in the Psalter text and commentary section, and much new content which relates the text and commentary to all the other AIC Bookstore publications and the AIC Digital Library. I have also added the Psalm’s first words in Latin, using the spellings from the 1928 B.C.P. text. Another new feature is an primer on the method used in preparing the Prayer Book Usage sections, which follow the text of each of the 150 Psalms. I had been working on the upgrade for almost a year and am very pleased to see this finished work available to the general public.
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