“A History of Christian Art”

The Richard Caemmerer Series

Made possible by a generous grant from Robert and Noel Kirsch.

Filmed over five days in the summer of 2008, “A History Of Christian Art” captures the lectures of art historian, artist, professor, and Grünewald Guild founder Richard Caemmerer.  This series was a mainstay of the Guild’s program for almost 30 years. Sit in the Guild’s library with Rich and enjoy his exploration of the sacred intersections of art, faith, and community (and good humor!).

The Guild is happy to make this lecture series free to the public for private viewing, though donations are appreciated. If you would like to use these videos in an educational or group setting, please contact us for licensing.

Chapter 1: Introduction

As you watch this introductory chapter today you will hear Rich reflect on an important part of Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel.


Day 1

Day One looks at images of the Gospel Writers, Jesus, and their historical depictions. Day One includes Chapters 1 – 4.

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Day 2

Day Two looks at art centered around the Annunciation and Visitation, and the Nativity. Day Two includes Chapters 5 – 12.

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Day 3

Day Three continues his look at the Nativity, explores the Magi, the Flight into Egypt, the Ministry of Christ, and the Entrance into Jerusalem. Day Three includes chapters 13 – 19.

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Day 4

Day Four explores art surrounding the Last Supper, the Passion of Christ, and the Descent from the Cross. Day Four includes chapters 20 – 26.

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Day 5

Day Five explores art of the Pieta, the Burial of Christ, the Resurrection and Christ’s return. Richard also spends time looking at how the traditions discussed in this series connect to his work at Emmaus Lutheran Church. Day Five includes chapters 27 – 34.

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