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The Art of Worship

Paintings, Prayers and Readings for Meditation


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ISBN-13: 9781857095319
Number of Pages: 112
Published: 21/06/2011
Product description
The Art of Worship: Paintings, Prayers, and Readings for Meditation represents a unique collaboration between two famous Trafalgar Square institutions: the National Gallery and the church of St Martin-in-the-Fields. In this beautifully illustrated book, the Reverend Nicholas Holtam – vicar of St Martin-in-the-Fields – presents his favourite paintings from the National Gallery, alongside religious commentary, Bible quotations, prayers and poetry. The illustrations encourage the reader to think about how art can sometimes be a surprising doorway into our own spirituality. Holtam gives his own personal response to the paintings and presents them as a source of reflection and contemplation. Many works in the National Gallery feature Christian subjects, but Holtam has chosen paintings from a wide range of artists. His more unexpected choices include Edgar Degas’s Miss La La at the Cirque Fernando, Vincent van Gogh’s Long Grass with Butterflies and J.M.W. Turner’s The Fighting Temeraire. There are, too, beautiful texts, from writers as diverse as Iris Murdoch and Rabindranath Tagore. Holtam writes accessibly on themes that concern us all: struggle, blessing and our search for peace. This book will delight, comfort and challenge the reader, encouraging us to look beyond our own preoccupation with the self through the simple act of worship.
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Nicholas Holtam

Nicholas Holtam has been vicar of St Martin-in-the-Fields and the National Gallery’s parish priest since 1995.

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