Online Seminar Series: Passion and Pandemic, 22, 24, 29, 31 March 2021, 13.15-14.00 (GMT)

Westminster Abbey presents a specially-curated series of contemplative lunchtime seminars for Passiontide and Holy Week. At each seminar, a different art historian and theologian will focus on pictures from the National Gallery’s collection and explore themes of salvation, frailty, isolation, and sickness.

In the first seminar (22 March), Professor Joanna Cannon (Courtauld Institute) and the Reverend Dr Jamie Hawkey (Westminster Abbey and Clare College, Cambridge) will introduce a diptych of the Virgin and Child and Man of Sorrows by the artist known as The Master of the Borgo Crucifix. Registration for this seminar closes at 4:00pm on Wednesday 17th March.

On the 24 March, Professor Alison Wright (UCL) and the Reverend Dr Ayla Lepine (King’s College, Cambridge) will introduce Antonio and Piero del Pollaiuolo’s Martyrdom of St Sebastian.  Registration closes at 4:00pm on Monday 22nd March.

On the 29th March, Dr Jennifer Sliwka and Professor Ben Quash (KCL) will introduce Andrea Mantegna’s Agony in the Garden. Registration closes at 4:00pm on Wednesday 24th March.

In the final seminar (31 March), Dr Greg Bryda (Barnard College, Columbia University) and Dr Rowan Williams (former Archbishop of Canterbury) will explore the Isenheim Altarpiece. Registration closes at 4:00pm on Monday 29th March.

To register, please visit the Westminster Abbey website. After initial broadcast, all seminars in this series will be available to watch on the Abbey’s YouTube channel.


Published by Lydia McCutcheon

Lydia McCutcheon graduated from the University of Kent with a First Class Honours in History in 2019. She also holds an MSt in Medieval Studies from the University of Oxford. Her dissertation on the twelfth-century miracle collections for St Thomas Becket and the stained-glass 'miracle windows' at Canterbury Cathedral explored the presentation of children and familial relationships in textual and visual narratives. Her research interests include the visual and material cultures of saints and sanctity, pilgrimage, and childhood and the family.

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