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: Helen Rufus-Ward 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 Enduring Mystery 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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