Week 1: From Adam and Eve to Abraham and Sarah
Maitani’s decorations for the façade of the Duomo of Orvieto (c1310-30); Michelangelo’s decorations for the Sistine Chapel (1508-12); Masaccio’s Expulsion from the Garden of Eden (1425); Brunelleschi’s Sacrifice of Isaac (1401); Caravaggio’s Sacrifice of Isaac (c1598); Donatello’s Sacrifice of Isaac (c1418).
Week 2: Jacob, Joseph and Moses
Ghiberti’s panels from the Gates of Paradise (1452); Delacroix’ Jacob Wrestling with the Angel (1854-61); Gauguin’s Vision after the Sermon (1888); Pontormo’s Scenes from the Story of Joseph (c1515-18); Rembrandt’s Joseph and Potifar’s Wife (1634) and Jacob Blessing the Sons of Joseph (1656); Veronese’s The Finding of Moses (several variants, c1570-80); and Michelangelo’s Tomb of Pope Julius II (1505-45).
Week 3: Solomon and the Queen of Sheba, Biblical Prophets
Raphael’s Judgment of Solomon in the Stanza della Segnatura (1509-11); G.B. Tiepolo’s Judgement of Solomon (1728); Claude Lorraine’s Seaport with the Embarkation of the Queen of Sheba (1648); Piero della Francesca’s Solomon and the Queen of Sheba from the Legend of the True Cross fresco cycle (1447-66); Rubens’ The Prophet Elijah Receiving Bread and Water from an Angel (1628); Ford Madox Brown’s Elijah Restoring the Widow’s Son (1868); Raphael’s Transfiguration (1516-20); Michelangelo’s depictions of Jonah, Joel, Isaiah and Jeremiah in the Sistine Chapel (1509-11).
Week 4: Joshua, David and Goliath, David and Bathsheba
Ghiberti’s panel from the Gates of Paradise (1452); Donatello’s David (two versions, 1408 and c1440s); Caravaggio’s David and Goliath (two versions, c1599 and c1607); Rembrandt’s Bathsheba at Her Toilette (1654); Massys’ David and Bathsheba (1562); Salviati’s Bathsheba Goes to King David (c1553-4).
Week 5: Samson and Delilah, Joachim and Anna, the Virgin Mary
Rembrandt’s Samson and Delilah (1628) and The Blinding of Samson (1636); Guercino’s Samson Captured by the Philistines (1609); Giotto’s decorations for the Scrovegni Chapel (1303-05); Ghirlandaio’s decorations for the Tornabuoni Chapel (1485-90); Perugino’s Marriage of the Virgin (1500-04); Raphael’s Marriage of the Virgin (1504); Carpaccio’s Marriage of the Virgin (1504-08).
Week 6: From the Annunciation to the Massacre of the Innocents
Martini’s Annunciation (1333), Grunewald’s Annunciation from the Isenheim Altarpiece (c1510-15); El Greco’s Annunciation (1609); Bruegel’s Numbering at Bethlehem (1566); Reni’s St. Joseph with Infant Christ in his Arms (c1635); Leonardo’s Adoration of the Magi (1481); Tintoretto’s The Flight into Egypt (1587); Elsheimer’s The Flight into Egypt (c1609); Rubens’ Massacre of the Innocents (1636-38).