VISITS AND STUDY DAYS
Visits and Study Days
In view of Covid-19, no visits will take place this year.
We had two study days planned:
Otherworldly Byzantium – Holy Places and Sacred Art
Tuesday 10th November 2020, 10.00hrs
Tuesday 17th November 2020, 10.00hrs
Tuesday 24th November 2020, 10.00 hrs
These sessions this year will be provided
complementary to your membership fee. An
email will be sent nearer to each date with the
appropriate Zoom link.
This study day combines three inter-related
Icons: Exploring their History, Power and
Sacred treasures: Unwrapping the Secret Life
of Holy RelicsHelen’s study daystarts with a
pilgrimage, in the footsteps of Moses, to Mount
Sinai in Egypt to explore the architecture and
art works of the 6thcentury walled monastery
of St Catherine’s, famed for their matchless
manuscript and icon collection.
This is followed by a lecture that reveals the true nature of the ‘icon’ through an
exploration of their origins, the process of their creation and their compelling religious
power. The final lecture will centre on the cult of saints (which replaced the pantheon
of classical pagan gods) and the sensory religious power of reliquaries (containers for
sacred relics). Manufactured in a variety of precious materials, these intriguing objects
are still considered among the most valuable objects in Christian art.
Icon of the Heavenly Ladder of Divine Ascent 12thcenturyT empera on wood, 41 x 29.5cm©St
Catherine’s Monastery, Mount Sinai, Egypt
The Changing Face of Public Sculpture
Unfortunately we have had to cancel this study day.
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