The four artworks displayed in this room recreate or allude to some of the most recognisable imagery in Christian iconography - the ‘Crucifixion’, the ‘Pietà’ and the ‘Mater Dolorosa’ (Our Lady of Sorrows). The display includes works by Craigie Aitchison, John Bellany, Pablo Picasso and Jenny Saville.
Western art and Christianity have a long relationship. For hundreds of years, the Church has been a powerful patron, commissioning works of art from many of the world’s greatest artists. In the 20th century, as Western society became more secular, so artists’ use of religious symbolism became more varied and confrontational. Addressing both personal and global concerns, artists have explored their individual spirituality, commented on socio-political issues and questioned religious symbolism.