Study day: 'Picturing the Saints'

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This study day was held at the National Gallery on Thursday 26 September 2013

The study day, organised by the National Gallery and supported by The Pilgrim Trust, formed part of the Subject Specialist Network: European Paintings pre-1900 and accompanied the 'Michael Landy: Saints Alive' exhibition in the Sunley Room.


There were three talks in the morning: 'Introduction to the lives of the Saints and their representations: Landy’s saints at the National Gallery'. This was a joint talk given by Jennifer Sliwka, Howard and Roberta Ahmanson Fellow in Art and Religion at the National Gallery together with Lucrezia Walker, Lay Canon with portfolio to the Visual Arts, St Paul’s Cathedral.

Jennifer and Lucrezia discussed how the various saints, selected by Michael Landy, have been depicted in art, and Jennifer discussed the exhibition 'Devotion by Design', showing how altarpieces, containing images of saints, were constructed and used.

Gill Hart, Head of Adult Learning at the National Gallery then discussed how she had created and developed the public programme to accompany the Michael Landy exhibition.

The group then visited the exhibition, and after lunch had a discussion with Colin Wiggins, special project curator at the National Gallery together with Michael Landy, Associate Artist at the National Gallery. There was a lively discussion at both sessions, covering question such as the public response to Landy's exhibition and how the Associate Artist scheme functioned at the National Gallery.

Image above: Detail from Sassetta, 'The Funeral of Saint Francis', 1437-44 © The National Gallery, London