29/08/2011 12:30 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 third of six rooms making up the exhibition.
Dr James Hanvey is particularly moved by a piece by Carlo Crivelli - La Madonna della Rondine (The Madonna of the Swallow).
"We're before an absolutely extraordinary piece by Carlo Crivelli and you would hardly think it is an altarpiece as it has such a sculptural quality to it. You get a sense of it's density and busyness and it has all of Crivelli's typical features - a tremedous sense of nature."
Duration: 5m 11s
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.