How do Art and religion meet in a secularized world?
Isabelle Saint-Martin, Director of Studies, gives a lecture entitled How do Art and religion meet in a secularized world? This is part of the cycle of conferences during the 150th anniversary of the EPHE, organized under the patronage of the Ministry of Higher Education, Research and Innovation.
Art et religion dans un monde sécularisé : quelles rencontres ?
Far from being lost in the contemporary world, the debates on art and religion have been lively and often controversial throughout the twentieth century. While various spiritual aspirations tend to be expressed outside the established religions, notably through abstraction, the renewal of the "sacred art" that marks the Catholic world of the 1950s, questions the faith of the artist even more than that of a specific style.
In parallel, the Christ figure becomes an autonomous motif, often taken as an emblem of suffering humanity that painters and sculptors reinterpret as they please. In addition to the ever-present vitality of church art that appeals to the creators of its time, secular reemployment or, in another way, advertising retrieval, reflect an offbeat mode of permanence of the themes emerging from of Christianity in the visual imagination of the 21st century.