2:00 — Tour of the Church of the Transfiguration
3:00 — “THE POWER OF SACRED ART” — a lecture and slide presentation by Msgr. Timothy Verdon of Florence, Italy.
4:00 — Book-signing and refreshments
5:15 — Choral Evensong with Gloriae Dei Cantores
6:00 — Tower Bells
Msgr. Timothy Verdon, an art historian with a PhD from Yale University, directs both the Diocesan Office of Sacred Art and Church Cultural Heritage in Florence and the Cathedral Foundation Museum (Museo dell’Opera di Santa Maria del Fiore). The author of books and articles on sacred art in Italian and English, he has been a Consultant to the Vatican Commission for Church Cultural Heritage and a Fellow of the Harvard University Center for Italian Renaissance Studies. Currently he teaches in the Florence Program of Stanford University, and writes regularly for the cultural page of the Osservatore Romano. In 2010 curated the exhibit Christ: His Body, His Face in Art at the Reggia di Venaria Reale at Turin. Msgr. Verdon lives in Florence, where he is Director of the Centre for Ecumenism of the Archdiocese of Florence, and a Canon of the Florence Cathedral.