MSS Lunch Lecture Thomas Noble, 'Faith Taking Shape: Early Christianity and the Arts'

08-05-2018 from 12:00 to 13:00
Ghent, UFo building, Henri Pirenne room, 1st.floor (Sint-Pietersnieuwstraat 35, 9000 Gent)
Stefan Meysman
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May lunch lecture for the HPIMS by Thomas F.X. Noble.

For the May Lunch Lecture, the HPIMS is pleased to welcome Thomas F.X. Noble (University of Notre Dame, USA). Prof. Noble scarcely needs an introduction. He is one of the foremost experts on late antique and early medieval (religious) history, focusing primarily on the history of the city of Rome, the history of the papacy, and the age of Charlemagne.

His lecture for the Henri Pirenne Institute is entitled “Faith Taking Shape:  Early Christianity and the Arts”.

"That Christianity inspired, and inspires, brilliant achievements in all the arts is too well known to require comment.  Nevertheless, philosophical and theological ideas in antiquity ought to have made emerging Christianity a hostile environment for the development of the visual arts.  And so it was that from the third century on, various writers criticized the creation or possession of visual representations of Christ, of biblical figures, or of prominent Christians.  Very soon, other writers developed a series of arguments on behalf of the validity and utility of figural representations.  And an increasingly confident repertoire of Christian symbols and images began to develop and to assume forms that would be familiar for centuries.  So this lecture will explore how faith, in words, took shape, in images".

Please note that for this Lunch Lecture, we move to the Henri Pirenne Room (1st floor of the UGent UFo building).

As always, you can bring your lunch. The Institute will provide coffee and tea.