19/09/2011 9:30 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.
In this podcast, we look at the sixth and final room of the exhibition. Dr James Hanvey marvels at the composition and intricacies of the altarpieces:
"The question we're invited to ask is how were these used? What was their purpose? And it shows you the enormous flexibility of the different components of the altar. They can be used as individual paintings of devotion as well as set within a whole scene telling the narrative of salvation or the narrative of a saint's life."
Duration: 5m 3s
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 .