The Art of Worship

Paintings, Prayers, and Readings for Meditation

Nicholas Holtam; With a foreword by Richard Chartres

View Inside Price: $25.00


September 27, 2011
120 pages, 6 x 7 3/4
49 color illus.
ISBN: 9781857095319
HC - Paper over Board

Published by National Gallery Company/Distributed by Yale University Press

In this beautifully illustrated book, the Reverend Nicholas Holtam–vicar of London's internationally renowned church St. Martin-in-the-Fields–presents his favorite paintings from the National Gallery, London, alongside religious commentary, Bible quotes, prayers, and poetry. The selected illustrations encourage the reader to think about how art can sometimes be a surprising doorway into our own spirituality. Holtam's often highly personal observations inspire private prayer, meditation, and contemplation. 

Many works in the National Gallery feature Christian subjects, but Reverend Holtam has chosen paintings from a wide range of artists. His more surprising picture choices include Edgar Degas's Miss La La at the Cirque Fernando, Vincent van Gogh's Long Grass with Butterflies, and J. M. W. Turner's The Fighting Temeraire.

Nicholas Holtam has been vicar of St. Martin-in-the-Fields and the National Gallery London's parish priest since 1995. Richard Chartres is the Bishop of London.

"[A] beautiful volume . . . Combining the acts of hearing and seeing, the book induces a worshipful stillness."—Christopher Benson, Christianity Today