SOAS University of London

Department of the History of Art and Archaeology, School of Arts

The Arts of Christianity: From East Africa to East Asia

Specialist Art Course

Venue: Russell Square: College Buildings

Start of programme: 8 July 2019

Duration:
8 – 11 July 2019

Mode of Attendance: Full-time

Fees: Course Fee: £600

Description

Image: The Transfiguration, 14th-15th century Ethiopian MS of the Four Gospels, Metropolitan Museum of Art
Image: The Transfiguration, 14th-15th century Ethiopian MS of the Four Gospels, Metropolitan Museum of Art

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.

Course Features:

  • Lectures by leading experts and curators
  • Visits to museums and gallery

Contact

For details contact Denise Acford

Tel: 020 7898 4451
Email: asianart@soas.ac.uk