Fall 2009: Picturing Religion: Spiritual Art in an Age of Materialism

This course covered topics in the intersection of religion and art in Europe and the U.S. from 1850 to the present. They examined how spirituality fueled new directions in Western artistic production, most notably abstraction, and explored art's role in visionary and contemplative experiences.

RELGH/ICPRH300A01 Picturing Religion: Spiritual Art in an Age of Materialism
Course can fulfill a requirement in the History of Art major at Bryn Mawr.

Taught By: Rachel K. Oberter
Department: Independent College Programs/Religion

This course will cover topics in the intersection of religion and art in Europe and the U.S. from 1850 to the present. We will examine how spirituality fueled new directions in Western artistic production, most notably abstraction, and explore art's role in visionary and contemplative experiences. The course will conclude with some recent moments when art has been perceived as sacrilegious, sparking debate and controversies. In addition to focusing on particular artists, including Paul Gauguin, Mark Rothko, Andres Serrano, and Kiki Smith, we will discuss practices of writing about religious art.