Taken during Western Theological Seminary's overseas seminars which studied the way shifts in art and architecture reflected and influence the faith of the church.

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  • Close up of the Resurrection 

    Bruggink, Donald J. (Western Theological Seminary (Holland, Michigan), 19)
    Sculpted by Pericle Fazzini. The figure of the resurrected and ascending Christ rather than the crucifixion perhaps indicates a subtle shift in Papal theological emphasis.
  • John Paul II 

    Bruggink, Donald J. (Western Theological Seminary (Holland, Michigan), 19)
    The Pope gestures during papal audience, surrounded by bishop and cardinal and Swiss guard.
  • Sculpture of Christ's Resurrection 

    Bruggink, Donald J. (Western Theological Seminary (Holland, Michigan), 19)
    Papal audience hall with permanent sculpture of resurrection as focal point behind the papal throne. The size and dominance of the sculpture reflects the theology of the dominance of Christ's resurrection in relation to ...
  • Paul VI on the Papal throne 

    Bruggink, Donald J. (Western Theological Seminary (Holland, Michigan), 19)
    A temporary focal point was added to the hall by hanging one of the great tapestry from the Vatican museum, in this case a tapestry of the resurrection, which would later be replaced by a sculptor of the resurrection
  • Interior of the new Papal audience hall. 

    Bruggink, Donald J. (Western Theological Seminary (Holland, Michigan), 19)
    The Audience hall seats up to 6,300 on individual seating with views unobstructed by columns. The engineering is the hallmark of the architect Pierre Luigi Nervi. The photo was taken shortly after the dedication and still ...
  • Exterior of the new Papal audience hall 

    Bruggink, Donald J. (Western Theological Seminary (Holland, Michigan), 19)
    Commissioned by Pope Paul VI and consequently named the Paul VI audience hall.
  • Sarcophagus with Mixed Biblical Scenes 

    Bruggink, Donald J. (Western Theological Seminary (Holland, Michigan), 19)
    A mixture of old testament and new testament themes. Left to right: the sacrifice of Isaac, healing of the blind man, healing of the paralytic (who takes up his bed and walks), the feeding of the five thousand, healing of ...
  • Passion Sarcophagus 

    Bruggink, Donald J. (Western Theological Seminary (Holland, Michigan), 19)
    Left to right: Jesus remonstrates soldiers, soldiers bind Jesus, crucifixion with illusion to confession (under cross, left, and to the attunement with sleeping soldier to the right), second panel from right: soldier ...
  • Nativity Fragment 

    Bruggink, Donald J. (Western Theological Seminary (Holland, Michigan), 19)
    A sarcophagus fragment of the babe Jesus in the manger with star and Mary looking on
  • Museo Pio Cristiano, Paul VI 

    Bruggink, Donald J. (Western Theological Seminary (Holland, Michigan), 19)
    The iconographic collection is primarily housed in the Museo Pio Cristiano with a wide range of works beginning circa the year 200 AD. The curator and staff of the Vatican museum are thanked for allowing me to photograph ...
  • Testa di Papa Giovanni 

    Bruggink, Donald J. (Western Theological Seminary (Holland, Michigan), 19)
    1963 Monzu and John XXIII developed a genuine friendship and appreciation of one another, their differences not withstanding. John XXIII consented to have Monzu also do his bust.
  • Bronze doors of St. Peter's 

    Bruggink, Donald J. (Western Theological Seminary (Holland, Michigan), 19)
    While it had not been the intention of Pope John to be part of the doors he had commissioned, none the less his popularity and death made his inclusion a veritable "must."
  • Papa Giovanni in preghiera 

    Bruggink, Donald J. (Western Theological Seminary (Holland, Michigan), 19)
    1963
  • Bronze doors of St. Peter's 

    Bruggink, Donald J. (Western Theological Seminary (Holland, Michigan), 19)
  • Papa Giovanni in preghiera (lower right) 

    Bruggink, Donald J. (Western Theological Seminary (Holland, Michigan), 19)
    Partigiano bottom left,
  • Bronze doors of St. Peter's on the extreme left sculpted by Monzu a Bergamo 

    Bruggink, Donald J. (Western Theological Seminary (Holland, Michigan), 19)
    Monzu was not an obvious choice to create the bronze doors for St. Peter's. He had been divorced, he was a communist, but he was also Italy's foremost sculptor. Giovanni XXIII was influenced by Monsignor (sp?) ____
  • Grandi Amanti 

    Bruggink, Donald J. (Western Theological Seminary (Holland, Michigan), 19)
  • Grande Cardinale Seduto 

    Bruggink, Donald J. (Western Theological Seminary (Holland, Michigan), 19)
    1955 height 220cm
  • Busto de Inga 

    Bruggink, Donald J. (Western Theological Seminary (Holland, Michigan), 19)
  • Guantanamera close up 

    Bruggink, Donald J. (Western Theological Seminary (Holland, Michigan), 19)

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