After the sixth century, the Biblically-based image of Mary Magdalene as faithful witness and disciple was replaced in the west by the image of the sexual sinner. This painting is one of several that the 16th century Venetian master Titian crafted of the penitent Magdalene. With her tearful eyes cast imploringly to heaven, a hand clasped over her heart and her gossamer gown falling off of her shoulders, Titian's Magdalene is simultaneously the embodiment of voluptuousness and contrition: a paradox which came to inspire artists and tantalize viewers for centuries. The psychologist Carl Jung would say that such a seemingly contradictory image contains the tension of the opposites and pushes us to a new level of consciousness.
How did the myth of Mary Magdalene as a penitent prostitute emerge? Why did it take such deep root in the culture? It is a fascinating story that reveals much about the culture and history of the past, but can help us know more about ourselves as well.
The Myths of Mary Magdalene Webinar begins next Wednesday, May 1 at 7 pm PST with a FREE introduction to the symbols and stories of Mary Magdalene. My hope is that is will introduce layers of depth, meaning and beauty - and help the participants see the world of art and religion in new and exciting ways.
To make it accessible for everyone, I am offering it as a pay-what you-will series, Scroll down on the registration page to choose your level of donation. 20% of the donations will go to organizations like the Numina Center for Spirituality and the Arts , the Veriditas Labyrinth Organization, and the Mythica Foundation for Myth and the Arts- the rest will go to help me finish my dissertation by paying for the last year of my PhD.
I would love to have you join me- and share it with your friends as well!
The webinar will be recorded for downloading after the broadcast.
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