Imagining the Divine: Art and the Rise of World Religions

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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 in the first millennium AD.

On display will be remarkable objects created when the iconography of each religion was still being developed. Art and imagery were central to the spread of these systems of belief, and the visual identity of each religion was formed by encounters and interactions between different faiths and other traditions.

Accompanying the exhibition will be the 'Imagining the Divine: Art and the Rise of World Religions' catalogue. Editor Georgi Parpulov and contributor Stefanie Lenk are joined by an expert panel to discuss the catalogue and the exhibition at Book at Lunchtime. They will be joined by:

Gervase Rosser (History, University of Oxford)

Kate Cooper (History, Royal Holloway, University of London)

This event will be chaired by Mallica Kumbera Landrus (Eastern Art, Ashmolean Museum)


Lunch will be available from 12.30pm. Discussion from 1-2pm.

Booking is essential. To reserve your place, please register here

Part of Book at Lunchtime, a fortnightly series of bite sized book discussions, with commentators from a range of disciplines.


Humanities & Identities
Empires of Faith

Audience: Open to all
Media: Imagining the Divine