Roofs of Heaven in Christian, Islamic and Spanish-Jewish art

Subject: Lectures
Dates: 17 October 2018
Time: 19:00 - 20:30
Location: 44 Hallam St, Marylebone, London W1W 6JJ
Tutor: Michael Barry
Full price
£ 7
Student concession
£ 5
OAP concession
£ 5

This lecture will show images of “Roofs of Heaven” from around the globe. Beginning with Rome's pagan Pantheon converted into a church, through its glorified replica in the Hagia Sophia in Constantinople which turned into a prototype for the world's mosques (as Oswald Spengler so shrewdly observed) – from the marble and turquoise cupolas of Mughal India and Safavid Persia to the stalactite corbellations of Spain's Alhambra – and the soaring cathedrals of colonial Latin America, domes and star-flecked ceilings of the three sister faiths opened symbolic visions of the skies to worshippers.

This sumptuous comparative visual journey through seventeen centuries of sacred architecture, explores in detail how and why.

This lecture will take place at the Hallam Conference Centre at 44 Hallam St, Marylebone, London W1W 6JJ

The venue is within walking distance from Great Portland Street, Goodge Street, Regent's Park and Euston stations.

This lecture is made possible with the support of the Bagri Foundation.

Tutor biography

Michael Barry

Born in New York in 1948 but educated in France with higher degrees from Princeton, Cambridge, McGill (Montreal) and the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales in Paris, Dr Michael Barry allowed himself to be distracted from academic pursuits for many years as a humanitarian worker in Afghanistan for the International Federation for Human Rights, Médecins du Monde and the United Nations. He then resumed teaching medieval Islamic subjects at Princeton University and advising reorganization of the current galleries of Islamic art at New York's Metropolitan Museum while also consulting for the Aga Khan Trust for Culture. He is currently University Professor at American University of Afghanistan in Kabul. He has won numerous literary and teaching awards from France, Iran and his native United States.