12/09/2011 3:45 pm
Devotion by Design is an exhibition at London's National Gallery exploring the function, original location, and development of altarpieces in Italy during the late Middle Ages and early Renaissance.
The podcasts reunite our resident clerical critics Fr Christopher Whitehead, the Clifton Diocese Director of Adult Education and Evangelisation and Dr James Hanvey, a Jesuit priest who’s an expert in art and culture.
Today, we look at the fifth of the exhibition's six rooms. A piece attributed to Lorenzo Monaco from around 1387 has caught Fr Christopher Whitehead's eye:
"We're stood in front of Monaco's The Baptism of Christ , which I can imagine at the predella at the base of the altarpiece, again just engaging whoever's gazing at it and bringing them into the whole mystery of Christ - his humanity and divinity."
Duration: 4m 42s
Devotion by Design podcasts were released every Monday throughout August and September 2011.
This latest podcast series on our Catholic Art and Culture channel has been made in collaboration with the National Gallery and the Clifton Diocese - the Catholic Church in the west of England.
You can find out more about Devotion by Design on the National Gallery’s excellent website .