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Alejandro Garcia-Rivera and David Steadman on Peter Paul Rubens




March 16, 2005; 60 Minutes; Video

March 16, 2005

The Berkeley Art Museum's own Rubens--the dramatic oil sketch of The Road to Calvary, circa 1632--is the subject of discussion between two professors with expertise in both art history and theology. Alejandro Garcia-Rivera, associate professor at the Jesuit School of Theology and the Graduate Theological Union, has published and taught courses on various aspects of theology and art. He brings a Jesuit perspective to the religious symbolism of the painting and its Counter-Reformation context. David Steadman is an art historian who studied Rubens at UC Berkeley with Professor Emerita Svetlana Alpers. After thirty years as an art museum director, he returned to Berkeley for a degree from the Graduate Theological Union, and was recently ordained as a deacon of the Episcopal Church.