Surprised by Art #7: (Secular) Revelation

Updated: Aug 17, 2020




This week Luc and Kirk delve into the religious concept of revelation. Does revelation refer solely to the divine? How can revelation be brought down to earth? How is it relevant to our day-to-day lives? In painting, revelation is a very popular concept. The same is true in literature and poetry. What do you think? Does revelation have to be divine? Can we attain secular revelation? And what would that mean?


Special thanks to our voice recorders

Kelly Bowers & Sean Doherty.

 

Below is the painting chosen by Luc Travers. We recommend that you take a moment and look at the painting for yourself.

Give it a title. Doesn't matter if you are correct. Just think, what is the first word that comes to mind first?

Then, give a literal description of everything in the painting.


In the show, we have various audience members doing exactly this, and if you listen to them this can help give you ideas on how to accomplish this investigation.

Lastly, interpretation. You can do your best on your own or listen to Luc and Kirk's exploration.

Ok here comes the painting! Remember: DO NOT WORRY ABOUT THE ARTIST'S NAME OR THE TITLE OF THE ARTWORK UNTIL AFTER YOU SEE THE PAINTING!





The Geographer by Johannes Vermeer



 

The Poem: An excerpt from "The Prelude" by William Wordsworth.


In the final book of his epic poem The Prelude, Wordsworth writes about an experience he had on Mount Snowden, the highest peak in Wales. He is going on an early morning climb to the top of the mountain, in order to see the sunrise. During the pre-dawn walk, Wor