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Dr Chloë Reddaway

Dr Chloe ReddawayVisiting Research Fellow, Centre for Arts and the Sacred 


Address:  National Gallery. 






Chloë Reddaway is Howard and Roberta Ahmanson Curator in Art and Religion at the National Gallery, London and a Visiting Research Fellow in the Centre for Arts and the Sacred at KCL. Her work focuses on visual theology and Christian art, with a particular interest in the potential of historic works of art for contemporary theology.

After reading Philosophy and Theology at Trinity College, Oxford, Chloë worked in the arts sector and studied for a P.G. Dip in Cultural Management. She moved to KCL for an AHRC-funded doctoral thesis on the theology of 14th/15th century Florentine fresco cycles, working with Professor Ben Quash and teaching for the MA in Christianity and the Arts which is run in collaboration with the National Gallery. Chloë was later Research Assistant to Ben Quash and then took up a post as Research Associate in the Divinity Faculty in Cambridge where she supported the Inter-faith Programme. She moved to the National Gallery as Ahmanson Fellow in Art and Religion in 2014. She lectures widely and has taught for Westcott House, Sarum College, and Westminster College, Cambridge. Chloë’s monograph, Transformations in Persons and Paint, was published by Brepols as the start of a new series – Arts and the Sacred – which she now co-edits with Professor Aaron Rosen.

She is currently researching the artistic use of paradox as a response to the problem of painting Christ. She is also investigating images of the Visitation in connection to the New Creation, as part of the Duke Initiatives in Theology and the Arts project: Theology, Modernity and the Arts. Chloë is an advisor to Art and Christianity Enquiry, a founding alumna of the Westminster Abbey Institute, a committee member of the Trialogue Conference and a member of the Society for the Study of Theology, Art and Christianity Enquiry and the Society for the Arts in Religious and Theological Studies. She is also the editor of the e-bulletin for Arts and Sacred at King’s. 

Research interests
  • Visual theology
  • Historic works of art as a resource for contemporary theology

Current research:

  • The artistic use of paradox as a response to the problem of painting Christ.
  • Images of the Visitation in connection to the New Creation.
  • The ecclesiastical stained glass of Tom Denny.


Selected publications


  • Transformations in Person and Paint: Visual Theology, Historical Images, and the Modern Viewer (Brepols). January 2016. Edited volumes
  • Visualising a Sacred City: London, Art and Religion. Eds, Ben Quash, Chloë Reddaway, Aaron Rosen (IB Tauris). 2017.


  • ‘St Peter’s Church, Martley and St Edburga’s Church, Leigh’ in Glory, Azure and Gold: Twelve stained-glass windows by Thomas Denny. (London: Reed Contemporary Books) 2015. Republished in a second edition (London: Reed Contemporary Books in association with Lund Humphries) 2016.
  • ‘Reading Hermeneutic Space: Pictorial and Spiritual Transformation in the Brancacci Chapel’ in James Romaine and Linda Stratford (eds), Revisioning, Critical Methods of Seeing Christianity in the History of Art. (Cascade: Oregon) 2014.
  • ‘Covenants and Connections: the Sassetti Chapel, Santa Trinita’ in Stephen Prickett (ed), The Edinburgh Companion to Bible and the Arts (Edinburgh: EUP) 2014.

Articles and Reviews

  • ‘Picturing the Apocalypse: The Book of Revelation in the Arts over Two Millennia’ in Art and Christianity Enquiry, 84, 2015. (Book review.) • ‘Letter from Pannonhalma’ in Art and Christianity Enquiry 80, 2014.
  • ‘Cross and Creation in Christian Liturgy and Art’, in Art and Christianity Enquiry 78, 2014. (Book review.)  
  • ‘Michael Landy: Saints Alive’, in Art and Christianity Enquiry 75, 2013. (Exhibition review.)
  • ‘Matter of Faith’, in Art and Christianity Enquiry 68, 2011. (Conference report.) • ‘Devotion by Design at the National Gallery’, in Art and Christianity Enquiry 67, 2011. (Exhibition review.)
  • ‘Byzantium at the Royal Academy’, Art and Christianity Enquiry 57, 2009. (Exhibition review.)
  • ‘Icons by Robin Cormack’, Art and Christianity Enquiry 55, 2008. (Book review.) Editorial
  • Co-editor, Arts and the Sacred series, Brepols publishing.
  • Course co-ordinator and lecturer, National Gallery, MA Christianity and the Arts (in partnership with King’s College London), 2014/15-2015/16.
  • Visiting lecturer, examiner, The Visual Arts and Pastoral Theology, Westminster College, Cambridge, 2014/15.
  • Supervisor, examiner B13a Christian Culture in the Western World and MA dissertations, University of Cambridge, 2013/14.
  • Visiting lecturer, supervisor; Westcott House, 2013-
  • Course author, external examiner, supervisor, 3C The Creative Arts in Christian Ministry and Mission, Sarum College, 2012- 
Expertise & public engagement
  • Stations of the Cross – collaborator on National Gallery station.
  • Word and Image; Speech and Silence, lecture for the Wilson Gallery, Cheltenham, 2015 to accompany the exhibition Still Small Voice, of British 20th century biblical works.
  • National Gallery study tours. 

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