The second Lincoln Theological Society lecture for 2018:

From Noirlac to Conques: Modern Stained Glass and Monastic Tradition

Dr Jonathan Koestlé-Cate

‘Since the legal separation of church and state enacted in France in 1905, all artistic commissions for religious buildings built before this date fall under the patrimony of the state. They are public commissions using public budgets, the secular state effectively becoming the principal source and funding for sacred art.

The last thirty years have witnessed an extraordinary flourishing of glass art in France, confirming the existence of a sacred art of the state unique in Europe and throughout the world.

But where do the theological and liturgical traditions of the church fit within this cultural renaissance?’

This lecture will chart the history of two projects and consider their efficacy as modern manifestations of a monastic tradition of sobriety and restraint.


Dr Jonathan Koestlé-Cate has a background in Fine Art and History of Art, with a specific interest in the uses of contemporary art in religious spaces. He writes regularly for Art and Christianity and other related journals. He is on the editorial board of Art and Christianity and is a trustee for Art and Sacred Places, an organisation committed to sponsoring contemporary art projects in sacred sites. He currently works at Goldsmiths, University of London, as an Associate Lecturer.


Tickets £5, including wine or juice and parking, are available from: Unicorn Tree Books in Lincoln Market, Lincoln Cathedral Shop, and on the door.

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