Victoria & Albert in London

Religious Sculpture in Europe


Religious images could be found everywhere in medieval Europe, in cathedrals, parish churches and monasteries, and also at home. With their three-dimensional, life-like appearance, they evoked the presence of Christ, the Virgin and the saints. Worshippers prayed to them every day.

Some sculptures formed part of large altarpieces, with standing saints and scenes from the Gospels. Others were placed individually as a focus for prayer and devotion. Smaller images, kept in the home, also acted as talismanic protectors of the household.

Stained glass often had a complementary role. It offered a wider canvas for the biblical stories, with extended narratives, bright colours and carefully observed contemporary detail.

An Australian in Ecuador in London

Open disclosure, transparency, open communication are all important concepts in a free society. However, everything is relative, and it is clear that some things need to be kept secret, including by governments in order to support national security amongst other reasons.

Hence my problem with Wikileaks and its journalist founder Julian Assange.

Regardless, there are clearly questions that Mr Assange has to answer in Sweden.

Clearly, Ecuador is wrong in offering him asylum, in my opinion.

However, even more wrong is Britain’s suggestion that they will arrest Mr Assange regardless of his new found asylum in Ecuador.

Of course under international convention and law, within the grounds of the Ecuadorian embassy is considered Ecuadorian sovereign territory — i.e. Mr Assange presently is in the nation of Ecuador.

Any violation of this by Britain is clearly violating Eucador’s national sovereignty — akin to an invasion.

I am not sure how Ecuador has come to offer Mr Assange asylum. I am more puzzled by Britain’s stance.

This is interesting…