05/09/2011 2:15 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.
In this podcast we look at the fourth of six rooms - the main room of the exhibition - and it has been installed to look like a chapel.
The altarpiece is by Luca Signorelli - The Circumcision from about 1490–1491. The artist's design genius has struck Dr James Hanvey...
"His architecture and design brings out the floor - beautifully designed to just fit the altar. We are actually in the presence of Christ - not just on the altar but in the presence of this moment of his name-giving and circumcision."
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 .