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Art under Attack: Histories of British Iconoclasm

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Art under Attack: Histories of British Iconoclasm

Art under Attack: Histories of British Iconoclasm

The first exhibition to examine iconoclasm in Britain opens on October 2nd 2013 at Tate Britain, London. The exhibition will present 500 years of assaults on icons, symbols, monuments and books.

From the exhibition website:

Religious iconoclasm of the 16th and 17th centuries is explored with statues of Christ decapitated during the Dissolution, smashed stained glass from Rievaulx Abbey, fragments of the great rood screen at Winchester Cathedral and a book of hours from British Library, defaced by state-sanctioned religious reformers. These works are accompanied by vivid accounts of the destructive actions of Puritan iconoclasts.

Highlights include Thomas Johnson’s Interior of Canterbury Cathedral 1657– the only painting documenting Puritan iconoclasm in England – exhibited for the first time alongside stained glass removed from the windows of the cathedral.

Art under Attack: Histories of British Iconoclasm
Tate Britain: Exhibition
2 October 2013 – 5 January 2014
Adult £14.50 (without donation £13.10)
Concession £12.50 (without donation £11.30)

Mark Brown, arts correspondent for The Guardian, explored the themes and issues related to the forthcoming exhibition back in July.  Read the article.
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