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Christian Arts Society Annual Conference

‘Christian Arts’, an ecumenical organisation embracing Christian artists of all denominations in the UK and abroad, will be holding its 2015 annual conference at Ammerdown. The focus will be the exploration of the symbolism of the visual culture of the Latin west as it evolved through the early, high and later middle ages, from the reliquaries of the dark ages to the sophisticated iconography of the early Renaissance. The conference will explore how the symbolism of medieval art reflected habits of mind and ways of seeing at the time. It will consider parallels in the ways in which a sense of the sacred was invested in holy texts and holy objects, and to what extent the study of the Bible, and the different senses in which its texts were believed to convey meaning, were reflected in the visual arts. It will also consider the significance of the tension latent in all Christian art in its violation of the Mosaic law upheld in the two other Abrahamic faiths.

Dr. Julian Roberts studied History at St. Andrews, the Warburg Institute and Oxford, and was a Commonwealth Scholar at the Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies, Toronto. He has taught at Douai, North London Collegiate School, Christ’s Hospital and Downside, and currently teaches History at Stonyhurst College.

Please note that the conference is open to everyone interested in Christian Art. You do not have to be a member of Christian Arts to attend, nor do you need to be an artist.

Led by: Dr Julian Roberts

‘Christian Arts’, an ecumenical organisation embracing Christian artists of all denominations in the UK and abroad, will be holding its 2015 annual conference at Ammerdown. The focus will be the exploration of the symbolism of the visual culture of the latin west as it evolved through the early, high and later middle ages, from the reliquaries of the dark ages to the sophisticated iconography of the early Renaissance. The conference will explore how the symbolism of medieval art reflected habits of mind and ways of seeing at the time. It will consider parallels in the ways in which a sense of the sacred was invested in holy texts and holy objects, and to what extent the study of the Bible, and the different senses in which its texts were believed to convey meaning, were reflected in the visual arts. It will also consider the significance of the tension latent in all Christian art in its violation of the Mosaic law upheld in the two other Abrahamic faiths.

Dr. Julian Roberts studied History at St. Andrews, the Warburg Institute and Oxford, and was a Commonwealth Scholar at the Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies, Toronto. He has taught at Douai, North London Collegiate School, Christ’s Hospital and Downside, and currently teaches History at Stonyhurst College.

 Please note that the conference is open to everyone interested in Christian Art. You do not have to be a member of Christian Arts to attend, nor do you need to be an artist.

 

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