Imagining the Divine: Art and the Rise of World Religions

19 October 2017–18 February 2018

Exhibition Overview

Exploring Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam and Judaism, this major exhibition will be the first to look at the art of the five world religions as they spread across continents in the first millennium AD. On display will be remarkable objects created when the iconography of each religion was still being developed. Art and imagery were central to the spread of these systems of belief, and the visual identity of each religion was formed by encounters and interactions between different faiths and other traditions.

This exhibition will bring to light brand new research from a major project conducted in partnership between the British Museum and University of Oxford, generously funded by the Leverhulme Trust.

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