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Art as a Theological Medium


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Module description

This module will look at how art has acted as a means of expressing and developing religious ideas; a way to make theological points that has its own status alongside the academic treatise, the sermon, or the ecclesiastical pronouncement. It will investigate how pictures have both transmitted and innovated on religious tradition, and will ask whether there are distinctive things that the visual arts can achieve which other modes of theological communication cannot manage so easily (if at all).

This is one of two modules in the MA in Christianity and the Arts that relate principally to paintings in the National Gallery collection. The module is 20 taught hours in 10 sessions, and will normally (though not always) be taught in the Gallery - the first hour or so on the Gallery floor, and the second hour in a seminar room.

The module has a ‘special topic’ for focused study within the broader parameters of the module’s theme.

Detailed information about the module can be found here.

Assessment details


One 5,000-word essay (100%)

Teaching pattern

One two-hour class per week over 10 weeks.