Discussion on Imagining the Divine : Art and the Rise of World Religions
Exhibition at the Asmolean Museum: 19 October 2017 – 18 February 2018
Why do we think of Jesus Christ with a beard? Or Buddha as cross-legged? Today, the pictures people conjure when they think of the world’s major religions – Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam and Judaism – are distinctive and immediately recognisable. But two thousand years ago that was not the case.
This unprecedented exhibition showcases some of the world’s oldest religious art from India to Ireland, and reveals how the exchange of ideas and objects in the first millennium influence our thinking about the Divine today. On display will be the first known depiction of Christ north of the Alps, as well as some of the first surviving Qurans.
Join us for a discussion about the current exhibition at the Ashmolean Museum with
Professor Jaś Elsner, FBA
Professor of Late Antique Art, Corpus Christi College