Visualising a Sacred City: London, Art and Religion

Visualising a Sacred City: London, Art and Religion

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William Blake famously imagined 'Jerusalem builded here' in London. But Blake was not the first or the last to visualise a shimmering new metropolis on the banks of the River Thames. For example, the Romans erected a temple to Mithras in their ancient city of Londinium; medieval Londoners created Temple Church in memory of the Holy Sepulchre in which Jesus was buried; and Christopher Wren reshaped the skyline of the entire city with his visionary dome and spires after the Great Fire of London in 1666. In the modern period, the fabric of London has been rewoven in the image of its many immigrants from the Caribbean, South Asia, Eastern Europe and elsewhere. While previous books have examined literary depictions of the city, this is the first examination of the religious imaginary of the metropolis through the prism of the visual arts. Adopting a broad multicultural and multi-faith perspective, and making space for practitioners as well as scholars, its topics range from ancient archaeological remains and Victorian murals and cemeteries to contemporary documentaries and political cartoons.

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A wide-ranging and welcome book, and it is important in that it examines aspects of London that have been neglected over a period during which religion has not been given the consideration it so necessarily deserves. Its themes, unfamiliar to rather too many these days, are deeply significant ... this volume is recommended.” —Church Monuments

Frances Spalding

London’s streets are gridded with names that take us back into the past…Whether we have religious faith or not, our horizons regarding the architecture of the holy will be reshaped and broadened by this book…The concern of this book is not just with sacred spaces but also the wider hold that London has on religious imagination.”

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ISBN-13: 9781786720856
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Publication date: 11/25/2016
Series: Library of Modern Religion
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 336
File size: 7 MB

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