Our brand new series of talks on art, artists and faith which we are naming the St Catherine Faith and Art Series after St Catherine of Bologna - the patron saint of artists. Each of these talks will look at a work of art or a theme found in art and discuss how it relates to faith and belief.  

More on Saint Catherine of Bologna (8 September 1413 – 9 March 1463), an Italian nun as well as both an artist and saint. The patron saint of artists and against temptations, Catherine de' Vigri was venerated for nearly three centuries in her native Bologna before being formally canonized, in 1712. Her feast day is 9 March.

Videos of Previous Faith and Art Talks

Adoration of the Mystic Lamb

Exploring the rich symbolism of The Adoration of the Mystic Lamb, part of the sublime Ghent Altarpiece painted by Jan and Hubert Van Eyck. Part of our series of talks on art and artists, in honour of St Catherine of Bologna.

St George and St Hubert boxwood miniatures

An exploration of the 16th century boxwood miniatures (also known as prayer nuts) of the unknown Dutch sacred artists. These fascinating treasures of devotional art, produced with microscopic detail, are among the most astonishing artistic achievements of the Northern Renaissance, from both the aesthetic and technical perspectives. That so much theological depth can be conveyed in the tiniest piece of woodcarving is frankly jaw-droppingly amazing. The talk looks at a number of pieces, but focus especially on the SS Hubert & George Rosary Bead, which is housed in the Wallace Collection in London.

The Mosaics of Monreale

An exploration of the making and the meaning of the largest extant collection of Byzantine mosaics in the world, the 12th Century Norman Cathedral of Monreale in Sicily