Studies is honoured that Marie Collins has contributed to this issue ‘What the Murphy Report Means to Me’ http://t.co/BC5TXEzIEB
In 2014 the Society of Jesus observed the 200th anniversary of its restoration, after almost worldwide suppression lasting a generation from 1773–1814. To mark the anniversary the Irish Jesuits sponsored a historical conference, ‘Under the Influence’, in association with the Irish Catholic Historical Society, held in Belvedere College in September 2014, and an art exhibition, entitled ‘Passion and Persuasion: Images of Baroque Saints’, in association with the National Gallery of Ireland, in the Gallery itself, along with a series of lectures and a conference on related topics.
Last winter Studies published the papers delivered in Belvedere. This unusual issue of Studies presents papers from the National Gallery conference. Apart from the wish to preserve the proceedings of such an important and valuable event, the decision to devote a whole issue to the conference also reflects the special prominence given by a number of the speakers to the work of Caravaggio and, in particular, his The Taking of Christ. There is a particular suitability in making a link between Studies and a conference so strongly focused in this way. As is well known, the famous painting, for long unrecognised for what it was, was originally presented to Fr Thomas Finlay, one of the founding fathers, if not in effect the founding father, of Studies, and, until given on indefinite loan to the National Gallery, hung for many decades in the Jesuit residence in Leeson St, from which Studies has been published for more than a hundred years.