Imagining the Divine: Art and Rise of the World Religions is an unprecedented exhibition showcasing some of the world’s oldest religious art from India to Ireland.
Today, the pictures people conjure when they think of the world’s major religions are distinctive and immediately recognisable. But two thousand years ago that was not the case. In the first millennium AD, visual identity was arguably more important than the written word, so it was artists who were responsible for the spread of faiths.
Image: Statue of Vishnu © Ashmolean Museum, University of Oxford
Exploring Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam and Judaism, this major exhibition will be the first to look at the art of the five world religions as they spread across continents. On display will be remarkable objects created when the iconography of each religion was still being developed, including the first known depiction of Christ north of the Alps, as well as some of the first surviving Qurans.
Imagining the Divine: Art and the Rise of World Religions
19 October 2017 – 18 February 2018