September 6, 2012, 7:30 PM | FREE
Joseph D. Carrier Art Gallery, Columbus Centre
901 Lawrence Avenue West | Free parking

A lecture by Roy Doliner, co-author of the international bestselling book The Sistine Secrets

Five hundred years ago, during one of the darkest periods of religious intolerance, a devoutly Christian artist was ordered to decorate the ceiling of the most important chapel in the Catholic world. He managed to conceal in this work a vast array of secret messages including insults to his patron the Pope and a heartfelt call for universal tolerance and brotherhood, using Jewish symbolism and forbidden mystical knowledge. How did he get away with it? How did it remain undiscovered for five centuries?

Come hear this amazing true story from author Roy Doliner, the man who “decoded” the Sistine Chapel himself.

Presented together with the Jerusalem Foundation, as part of Saluti a Jerusalem

About Roy Doliner
Roy Doliner has an extremely eclectic background. His studies include several foreign languages, art, religious, and Italian history, theatre and film.  He was the Judaic historical consultant for the ?lm The Nativity Story, working side-by-side on site with the director Catherine Hardwicke, now famous for directing the blockbuster Twilight. He is the founder of the cultural association Rome for Jews and thrives to strengthen bonds amongst various faiths and cultures. Doliner spends most of his time in Rome and refers to himself as an emigrant “from the Big Apple to the Big Artichoke”.

His book, The Sistine Secrets (co-authored with Rabbi Benjamin Blech), is an international bestseller, published in over 25 countries and in 15 languages. His latest book, Hidden Beneath the Beauty: the Kabbalah of Italia, has just completely sold out its first edition in Italy and is due to come out in English in e-book form this fall.

About Saluti a Jerusalem
In celebration of the strong ties between the Italian and Jewish communities in Canada, The Jerusalem Foundation of Canada and Villa Charities are proud to be launching Saluti a Jerusalem – a cross-cultural series of evenings featuring an array of academics to speak on elements of the Italian/Jewish connection, culminating to an extravagant evening festivity at the Columbus Centre’s Joseph D. Carrier Gallery.

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