27. Religious Art

In every culture, in every age, art has gone hand in hand with religion, and image-making has had a spiritual significance. This has been true since the time of prehistoric cave paintings.

In our age, an age of growing secularism, art can be seen as charting the anguish of humanity's loss of faith, or even, perhaps, becoming itself a new religion (as the attitude of Lissitzky, Arp, Marc and others suggests). For other observers, the decline of a spiritual dimension in human life is simply echoed by a general decline in contemporary artistic expression.

The films in this section concentrate on the Middle Ages and the Renaissance, when Christianity and art were in total accord, and aesthetic brilliance and intense piety were thought to be synonymous.

Romanesque Architecture of Alsace
Men of Stone, Men of Faith
Romanesque Architecture of Burgundy
Eve, Stone and the Serpent
Romanesque Architecture of Languedoc
Aude: Crossroads of the Romanesque
Romanesque Architecture of Normandy
Narrow Naves, Mighty Vessels
Buildings and Beliefs
Medieval Social Structure and Spirituality
Ecce Homo
Richly Painted and Gilded Wood Sculptures
Guido Mazzoni
The Master of Ecclesiastical Lifesize Statuary Groups
Rembrandt's Christ
Drawings of the Life of Christ
Chapels: The Buildings of Nonconformity
Baptist, Unitarian, Quaker, Methodist and Others
Star of Bethlehem
Baroque Woodcarvings - Neapolitan Crib Figures
In Memoriam
The Archaeology of Graveyards