15/08/2011 11:45 am
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 first of six rooms making up the exhibition.
Sassetta's The Funeral of Saint Francis (1437-1444) catches the eye in this room and Dr James Hanvey explains why...
"What's going on here is not just the celebration of the cult of St Francis - a saint that has captured the imagination for centuries - but also remember that in some sense, St Francis and his body become an altar too as Francis bears the marks of Christ's suffering and Crucifixion."
Duration: 5m 8s
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 .