Show simple item record

Files in this item


Item metadata

dc.contributor.advisorBrown, David
dc.contributor.advisorCorbett, George
dc.contributor.authorWilson, David
dc.coverage.spatial2 v. (286 leaves, 134 leaves of col. plates)en_US
dc.descriptionElectronic version excludes material for which permission has not been granted by the rights holderen
dc.description.abstractThis thesis examines what the visual art of Christian faith might reveal, and teach us, about the living art of faith in a world characterised by progress. The argument focuses on two prominent visual artists from the nineteenth century - William McTaggart (1835-1910) and William Dyce (1806 – 1864) - and two late twentieth century painters: Andy Goldsworthy (b. 1956) and Peter Howson (b. 1958). The principal contribution then, of the thesis is the sustained analysis of works of art as sites of religious meaning; works that do not simply reflect or echo their contexts (although this is clearly the case) but also, through the particular, may transform our understanding of those contexts and, in terms of the art of faith, may prophetically offer new ways of relating to faith in times in which faith is challenged in various ways. After setting the scene with a substantial treatment of the tensions in Victorian society (Chapter 1), the thesis then builds its arguments through close interpretations of the works of William McTaggart (Chapter 2) and William Dyce (Chapter 3) in the central part of the thesis. In Chapter 4, the argument moves to the contemporary. After a short introduction to the secularism, or unattached belief, arguably characteristic of modern Britain (4.1), the thesis presents a close analysis of Andy Goldsworthy (4.2) and Peter Howson (4.3). In the conclusion, I set up a comparison between these two contemporary Scottish artists and their Victorian forbears.en_US
dc.publisherUniversity of St Andrews
dc.subject.lcshChristianity and arten
dc.subject.lcshProgress--Religious aspects--Christianityen
dc.subject.lcshMcTaggart, William, 1835-1910
dc.subject.lcshDyce, William, 1806-1864
dc.subject.lcshGoldsworthy, Andy, 1956-
dc.subject.lcshHowson, Peter, 1958-
dc.titleThe art of faith in a world of progress : from transcendence to immanenceen_US
dc.type.qualificationnamePhD Doctor of Philosophyen_US
dc.publisher.institutionThe University of St Andrewsen_US

This item appears in the following Collection(s)

Show simple item record