Benedictine art curator reviews legends of Mary Magdalene through artworks

Benedictine art curator reviews legends of Mary Magdalene through artworks
March 5, 2008

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Benedictine University art curator Fr. Michael Komechak, O.S.B. will explore the life of Mary Magdalene through her depiction in art from 7:30-9:00 p.m. on Wednesday, March 12 at St. Margaret Mary Church in Naperville. Mary Magdalene has been viewed as both saint and sinner by many Christian cultures. She has been viewed as a repentant prostitute who fled to France to live a solitary existence after Christ’s death and resurrection. In Dan Brown’s “The DaVinci Code,” she was portrayed as the Holy Grail of Christ who bore his child after his death. Fr. Komechak will present famous artworks of Mary Magdalene as she has been depicted through the centuries. Among the paintings he will present are five well-known works by 17th century French artist Georges de La Tour. Through the various artworks, Fr. Komechak will try to separate fact from fiction and reveal the real identity of Mary Magdalene that is held today by most scripture scholars. St. Margaret Mary Church is located at Naper Boulevard and Green Trails Drive in Naperville.


Benedictine University is an independent Roman Catholic institution located in Lisle, Illinois just 25 miles west of Chicago. Founded in 1887, Benedictine provides 56 undergraduate majors, 16 graduate and four doctorate programs. The Chronicle of Higher Education recently ranked Benedictine University as the seventh fastest-growing campus among private nonprofit master’s universities, and Forbes magazine named Benedictine among the top 20 percent of America’s colleges for 2011. Benedictine University’s Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) program is listed by Crain’s Chicago Business as the fourth largest in the Chicago area in 2011.