Visualising the Bible in the Nineteenth Century

13 June 2013


What is the artist's role - and responsibility - in visually interpreting the Bible? How did this change in nineteenth-century Britain, when the stability of scripture was increasingly uncertain? How do sacred texts in particular pose problems for the relationship between the verbal and the visual? This one day colloquium will consider how religious belief, form, function, medium, gender, and sexuality figured in representations of Biblical narrative, spanning textiles, painting, drawing and sculpture.  


Michaela Giebelhausen, Essex
Colin Cruise, Aberystwyth
Ayla Lepine, Yale/Courtauld 
Claire Jones, York  

Event Details:

Registration is from 9.30 to 10.00

The event concludes with a wine reception at 5.35pm

To register and for programme details, please follow the links to the right. 


The cost of the event is £10 as a contribution to lunch and beverages.


This event is supported by funding from the European Research Council under the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme (FP7/2007-2013)/ ERC grant agreement no 295463.


Visualising the Bible in the 19th Century

Location : SG1, Alison Richard Building 


13 June 2013


9.30 - 10.00

Registration at Alison Richard Building Reception

10.00 - 11.20

Ayla Lepine, Yale/Courtauld

Da Gloriam Deo: Ecclesiastical Textiles and the Gothic Revival

Respondent: Lucy Razzall, English, Cambridge

11.20 - 11.40



11.40 - 13.00

Colin Cruise, Aberystwyth

A branch of almond blossom: Simeon Solomon interpreting the Bible

Respondent: Aaron Rosen, Theology and Religious Studies, KCL

13.00 - 14.15

 Lunch (Provided)

14.15 - 15.35

Michaela Giebelhausen, Essex

That old problem of text and image: Pre-Raphaelite painting and the Bible

Respondent: Jan-Melissa Schramm, English, Cambridge


 15.35 - 16.15



Claire Jones, York

Sculpting the Bible: John Warrington Wood’s 'Ruth and Naomi' (1884)

Respondent: Carrie Vout, Classics, Cambridge

17.35- 18.35

Wine Reception