VISITS AND STUDY DAYS
Visits and Study Days
In view of Covid-19, no visits will take place this year.
We had two study days planned:
Otherworldly Byzantium – Holy Places and Sacred Art
This year, the study ‘day’ is being delivered as three separate, but linked, sessions on:
Tuesday 10th November 2020, 10.00hrs
Tuesday 17th November 2020, 10.00hrs
Tuesday 24th November 2020, 10.00hrs
The first session explores the 6th century architecture and art of St Catherine’s
Monastery on Mount Sinai. So, not an easy place to reach, even pre-Covid!
Look out for the link to the zoom session which will be sent in a separate email.
These sessions this year will be provided complementary to your membership fee. An
email will be sent nearer to each date with the appropriate Zoom link.
This study day combines three inter-related lectures:
Icons: Exploring their History, Power and
Sacred treasures: Unwrapping the Secret Life
of Holy RelicsHelen’s study day starts with a
pilgrimage, in the footsteps of Moses, to Mount
Sinai in Egypt to explore the architecture and
art works of the 6thcentury walled monastery
of St Catherine’s, famed for their matchless
manuscript and icon collection.
This is followed by a lecture that reveals the
true nature of the ‘icon’ through an exploration
of their origins, the process of their creation
and their compelling religious power. The final
lecture will centre on the cult of saints (which
replaced the pantheon of classical pagan
gods) and the sensory religious power of
reliquaries (containers for sacred relics).
Manufactured in a variety of precious
materials, these intriguing objects are still
considered among the most valuable objects
in Christian art.
Icon of the Heavenly Ladder of Divine Ascent 12thcenturyT empera on wood, 41 x 29.5cm©St
Catherine’s Monastery, Mount Sinai, Egypt
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