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Roofs of Heaven – in Christian, Islamic & Spanish-Jewish art

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19:00- 20:30


Professor Michael Barry

Please note this event has been sold out.

Following the electrifying lecture Matisse and Islamic Art last year, we are delighted to support The Prince’s Foundation, School of Traditional Arts in welcoming back Dr Michael Barry to give a lecture on “Roofs of Heaven” from around the globe.

Beginning with Rome’s pagan Pantheon converted into a church, to 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: this illustrated lecture explores how domes and star-flecked ceilings of the three sister faiths opened symbolic visions of the skies to worshippers.

This sumptuous comparative visual journey traverses seventeen centuries of sacred architecture.

This lecture is part of the Bagri Foundation Open Programme at The Prince’s Foundation, School of Traditional Arts which aims to expand the scope of Asian arts courses at the School.

Professor Michael Barry

Professor Michael Barry was 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. Prof. Barry was a humanitarian worker in Afghanistan for the International Federation for Human Rights, Médecins du Monde and the United Nations until resuming 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 United States.

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