Sky Arts Explores The Art Of Faith

Posted on: 23 May 2008 by Gareth Hargreaves

Sky Arts explores the art of faith this June in an exclusive 3-part television series.


Presented by leading British journalist John McCarthy, Art of Faith explores the art and architecture of significant and exceptional religious buildings.

Divine in form, sacred buildings are amongst the most beautiful and enduring achievements of mankind. Art of Faith travels the world to visit the great buildings of the three Abrahamic religions, Judaism, Christianity and Islam, exploring how the passions and complexities of religious beliefs have been expressed in architecture.

Looking back over the last 3000 years the series provides an insight into how we have celebrated faith through art.

Taking each religion in turn Art of Faith provides exclusive access to nine iconic architectural buildings from the magnificent spectacles of St Peter's in Rome, India's Taj Mahal and Israel's Masada Synagogue to the simple yet exquisite Shah Jahan Mosque in Woking.

The Art Of Faith - John McCarthyWith contributions from architects, scholars and worshippers the series explains the buildings' genesis, laying down the brush strokes of the sites' design, whilst looking at the shared elements and contrasts between the religions and the aesthetics of the places of worship.

The series confirms the notion that religious buildings are the most prominent symbols of faith as illustrated through Henri Matisse's commitment to the construction and design of France's Chapelle du Rosaire and Washington's Chapel of St. Ignatius designed by the local celebrated architect Steven Holl.

Art of Faith is on Sundays at 7pm from 15th June on Sky Arts channel (267) and in HD on Sky Arts HD channel (268).

For details and a behind-the-scenes look at the series visit www.skyarts.co.uk.

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