Visualising a Sacred City: London, Art and Religion

Visualising a Sacred City: London, Art and Religion

by Ben Quash, Aaron Rosen


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ISBN-13: 9781784536619
Publisher: I. B.Tauris & Company, Limited
Publication date: 01/30/2017
Pages: 304
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.60(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Ben Quash is a professor of Christianity and the Arts, and Director of the Centre for Arts and the Sacred at King's College London. His many books include Theology and the Drama of History (2009) and Fields of Faith: Theology and Religious Studies for the Twenty-first Century (edited with David F. Ford, 2005, paperback 2012).

Aaron Rosen is a lecturer in Sacred Traditions and the Arts at King's College London. His publications include Art and Religion in the 21st Century (2015), Religion and Art in the Heart of Modern Manhattan (2015) and Imagining Jewish Art: Encounters with the Masters in Chagall, Guston and Kitaj (2009).

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations xi

List of Contributors xvii

Foreword Samuel Wells xix

Introduction Ben Quash 1

I Foundations: Ancient and Medieval

1 Seeing the Gods in Roman London Hugh Bowden John Pearce 19

2 Temple Church: History, Experience and Theology in the Round Robin Griffith-Jones 39

3 A New Jerusalem in Four Parts: The Holy Sepulchres of Twelfth-Century London Catherine E. Hundley 52

4 Failure and Invention: King Henry III, the Holy Blood and Gothic Art at Westminster Abbey Emily Guerry 66

II Visions of a Holy City

5 Citizens of 'London' as Members of Christ's Divine Body in William Blake's Biblical Illustrations Naomi Billingsley 89

6 'You May See it or Not': John Rogers Herbert, RA and the New Palace of Westminster Nancy Langham-Hooper 102

7 'A Crowd Flowed over London Bridge': Visualising London through Dante Alison Milbank 115

8 'This Melancholy London': Redemptive Possibilities in Some Recent Documentary Films Christopher Hamilton 128

III Material Culture

9 'There is No Wealth but Life': London's Gothic Revival and Urban Resurrection Ayla Lepine 143

10 The Campo Santo of the Dissenters: Bunhill Fields and Sacred Space in Victorian London Michael Ledger-Lomas 158

11 A Religious Office Tower? Virgin Mary's Outspread Cloak in the City of London Günter Gassner 171

12 Caricatures of Difference: The Changing Perception of Sikhs in London Political Cartoons Tahnia Ahmed 189

IV Modern Worship Spaces

13 Building and Becoming: The Shahporan Mosque and the Unfolding of Muslim Visual Identity in London Shahed Saleem 205

14 The Desert in the City: A Post-Secular Work of Art for the London School of Economics James Walters 218

15 From Punjab to Putney: Origins of the Sikh Gurdwara in London Peter Bance 229

V Contemporary Art and Exhibitions

16 Recent Commissions at St Paul's Cathedral Mark Oakley 245

17 The Museum Space as a Mediator of Religious Experience: Sacred Journeys at the British Museum Rosalind Parker 257

18 'A Real Temple of Jewish Art'?: A Century of Ben Uri in London 1915-2015 Rachel Dickson David Glasser 273

19 Blind faith in the City: Mark Wallinger and the Religious Imaginary Jonathan Koestlé-Cate 295

Index 309

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