The Arts of Christianity: From East Africa to East Asia
Specialist Art Course
Venue: Russell Square: College Buildings
Start of programme: 8 July 2019
8 – 11 July 2019
Mode of Attendance: Full-time
Fees: Course Fee: £600
When many people imagine the arts of Christianity, they will frequently think of the cathedrals, saints and icons of the Mediterranean or Europe. For centuries, however, Christianity has been hugely more varied than this, spreading across the world and interacting with other cultures in a dazzling variety of combinations. This course will explore this variety within Christianity, and the art and architecture that was produced as a result.
From the mountains of Ethiopia, to remote islands off Japan; from the great cities of Sassanian Persia, to the verdant plains of Mongolia, Christianity has spread, thrived, and changed over the centuries. Its art and architecture has reflected these processes. In this course, worldleading experts will introduce you to the rock-cut churches of Ethiopia and the art of the Jesuits in China, to the icons used by secret Christians during persecutions in Edo period Japan and the iconography of Christians from the deserts of Central Asia. In the process, we will introduce you to varieties of Christianity you might not have suspected, and expand your view of what Christianity meant to those who practised it.
- Lectures by leading experts and curators
- Visits to museums and gallery
For details contact Denise Acford
Tel: 020 7898 4451