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Divine Designs

Synopsis
Cambridge art historian Paul Binski visits some of the most exquisite churches and cathedrals in Britain in this series, originally broadcast in 15 20-minute parts, examining the history of English religious art and architecture. His story takes us from the Norman invasion of England and the first great Romanesque Cathedrals through to the rise of Gothic architecture and the great age of medieval religious art. He talks about the effect of the Renaissance, of Reformation and Counter-Reformation, the Neo-Classical style of Wren and later of ‘Greek’ Thomson, the lavish, elaborate theatre of Baroque, the Victorian Gothic revival, the High Churches, the romance of William Morris and the Arts and Crafts movement and even the influence of Modernism.The series not only paints a picture of the history of religious art, but also places religious art in the broader context of English history, from the Norman Conquest onwards.

Places visited in the 15 programmes are: Winchester Cathedral; Fountains Abbey, Yorkshire; Lincoln Cathedral; Wells Cathedral; Canterbury Cathedral; York Minster; All Saints Church, York; St Andrews Church, Heckington; St Mary’s, Fairford; Chalgrove Parish Church, Oxfordshire; Ranworth Parish Church, Norfolk; Kings College Cambridge; Little Gidding; St Mary Abchurch, London; Bevis Marx Synagogue, London; Stanmore Parish Church; The Chapel, Whitley Court; St Giles, Cheadle; St Vincent’s Presbyterian Church, Glasgow; Holy Trinity, Knightsbridge, Chelsea; All Saints, Brockhampton; St Bartholemew’s Church, Brighton; St Augustin, Kilburn Park; Chichester Cathedral; Coventry Cathedral; Liverpool Cathedral; Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral; Santa Sophia Cathedral; Regents Park Mosque, London; Shah Jehan Mosque, Woking; Shree Swaminarayan Temple, London; Jain Temple, Leicester.
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Year of release
2004
Year of production
2002
Notes
Broadcast in 15 weekly parts on Channel 5, beginning 11/3/02
Subjects
Architecture; Art; Religious studies
Keywords
cathedrals; churches; history of England; religious buildings; art - religious; religious art

Distribution Formats

Type
DVD
Format
Region 2 PAL
Price
£19.99
Availability
Sale
Duration/Size
300 minutes
Year
2004

Distributor

Name

Wag TV

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