Marc Chagall and the Bible

Marc Chagall and the Bible

An exhibit of over 50 of Marc Chagall’s religiously themed lithographs and etchings

Reception & Guest Collector Sandra Bowden
Sunday, November 12, 2017
Collector’s Talk at 7:00 pm, doors open at 6:00 pm.

St. George’s Episcopal Church
Tickets $10 in advance, $15 at the door. Click here to purchase online.

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Exhibit runs from October 29, 2017 – January 7, 2018

St. George’s Episcopal Church in Nashville, TN hosts the Marc Chagall and the Bible collection of over 50 lithographs and etchings from Chagall’s vast body of religiously themed work. The exhibit is part of Sandra Bowden’s Collection of Religious Art. Bowden will give a talk on the works at St. George’s on Sunday, November 12 at 7 pm. Doors open with wine and hors-d’oeuvres at 6 pm. Tickets are $10 in advance $15 at the door, purchase online at Exhibit runs from October 29, 2017, through January 7, 2018. Group tours are available by request, contact or615-807-0363 for more information.

St. George’s Episcopal Church
4715 Harding Road, Nashville, TN 37205 • 615-385-2150
Contact: Lisa Johnson,, 615-807-0363

Marc Chagall (1887–1985) is perhaps the foremost visual interpreter of the Bible in the 20th century. His art reflects reoccurring symbols of visual memory and imagination. He said he did not see the Bible, but he dreamed it, even as a child. Chagall’s vision of the Old Testament combines his Jewish heritage and modern art giving a rich display of symbol and imagination.

Chagall’s work includes hundreds of paintings, etchings and lithographs, book illustrations, murals, costume and stage sets, as well as many of the 20th century’s most beautiful stained glass windows for churches, synagogues and secular institutions. Chagall wrote that “our whole inner world is a reality, perhaps more real than the apparent world.”

As a Russian-born Jew, his deep faith displays itself frequently throughout his career and themes from the Old Testament dominate his work. Chagall said, “Since my early youth I have been fascinated by the Bible. It has always seemed to me, and it seems to me still that it is the greatest source of poetry of all time. Since then, I have sought its reflection in life and in art. The Bible is like a resonance of nature, and that secret is what I have tried to transmit.”

Sandra Bowden is a prominent figure in the American sacred art scene. She and her husband, Bob, are dedicated collectors of sacred art, who make their pieces available to churches, schools, and universities across the country through the Bowden Collections traveling exhibitions program. She is a painter and printmaker and a founding member of Christians in the Visual Arts (CIVA) and has been active in the leadership of the Museum of Biblical Art (MoBiA) in New York City.