Lifelong Learning lectures
In the vision of the heavenly Jerusalem given in Revelation we are told “the walls of the city were adorned with all manner of precious stones”. This lecture explores the analogous practice of symbolic materials being used to adorn the Church in order to articulate the space of the heavenly Jerusalem within the architectural confines of earthly buildings. Architectural spaces, artistic programmes and decorative objects of the early church will be discussed as both performing and actualising the intangible, metaphysical place of heaven for the earth-bound Christian community, through discussion of the most valuable materials the earth could offer being used to recreate the most precious place the medieval mind could imagine.
Other lectures in this series include:
- Contemporary Native American art: Artists, practices and issues in the UK
- York and the Pilgrimage of Grace