To Coventry for the 2018 CAMRA AGM at Warwick U. We spent more time photographing Coventry than attending the conference.
Quote from the Church Times.
ONE of the iconic images during the Second World War was Graham Sutherland's painting of the bombed Coventry Cathedral. It was fitting, therefore, that after Jacob Epstein's death, his widow should donate his statue Ecce Homo to the newly built cathedral, whereit now stands in the ruins of the old one.
For me, this is, above all, animage of the implacable Christ: the one who will not be deflected from his purpose, or defeated, whatever the heavens rain down.It brings to mind some lines of R. S. Thomas about Iago Prytherch, a Welsh shepherd, describedas "an impregnable fortress Not to be stormed even in death's confusion".
By the beginning of the 20th century, traditional Christian imagery had gone dead on most people. In addition, the classical tradition, which had dominated European art for so many centuries, had lost its vitality. Jacob Epstein (1880-1959), one of the key figures in the revival of a living European sculpture, found new inspiration in African, Oceanic, and Aztec art, and had one of the best collections of his time.
The influence of such art canbe clearly seen in this Ecce Homo. Epstein earned his living with his fine bronze portrait heads, but his real passion was carving in a style that had been influenced by the art of those other, often earlier, cultures.
These carvings were shockingto a public steeped in classical conventions, and were greeted with howls of outrage. Indeed, so despised were they that some were purchased by a man who showed them in a Blackpool peep show fora penny a time.
Ecce Homo was carved in 1934-35, when Epstein had not had a commission for one of his monumental carvings for some 20 years; and it may be that this is reflectedin the fierce determination of Christ's face. Needless to say, the public outrage at this carving exceeded anything that had gone before. The Daily Mirror received plaudits from its readers for refus-ing to print a photo of it. Interestingly, Epstein noted: "Actually, my religious statues have strong support from the clergy."
It was well received by the art critic Anthony Blunt, who noted at the same time that he thought that a living religious art had died not just a few years earlier, but centuries before. churchtimes.co.uk
Quote from Wikipedia.
The Charred Cross … [was] created after the cathedral was bombed during the Coventry Blitz of the Second World War. The cathedral stonemason, Jock Forbes, saw two wooden beams lying in the shape of a cross and tied them together. A replica of the Charred Cross built in 1964 has replaced the original in the ruins of the old cathedral on an altar of rubble. The original is now kept on the stairs linking the cathedral with St Michael's Hall below. wikipedia
Quote from the BBC, 20th May 2012.
A statue from Germany in memory of civilians killed in World War II has been unveiled at Coventry Cathedral.
The statue stands in the ruins of the old cathedral that was destroyed in a bombing raid in November 1940.
A delegation and choir from the bombed German city of Dresden, led by the Bishop of Saxony, took part in the ceremony.
The statue, called Choir of Survivors, is the work of the German artist Helmut Heinze.
The Bishop of Coventry The Right Reverend Christopher Cocksworth said it was a "very significant sculpture".
He said: "It's a symbol of hope; of new life rising out of destruction. "It's a gift from the Frauenkirche in Dresden, a wonderful church that was destroyed by allied bombing.
"An amazing story of reconciliation has happened over the years between Coventry and Dresden, particularly between Coventry Cathedral and the Frauenkirche."
The ceremony was part of the new cathedral's 50th anniversary celebrations. bbc.co.uk
Quote from Wikipedia
Reconciliation (originally named Reunion) is a sculpture by Josefina de Vasconcellos.
Originally created in 1977 and entitled Reunion, it depicted a man and woman embracing each other. In May 1998 it was presented to University of Bradford as a memorial to the University's first Vice-Chancellor Professor Ted Edwards. De Vasconcellos said:
"The sculpture was originally conceived in the aftermath of the War. Europe was in shock, people were stunned. I read in a newspaper about a woman who crossed Europe on foot to find her husband, and I was so moved that I made the sculpture. Then I thought that it wasn't only about the reunion of two people but hopefully a reunion of nations which had been fighting."
Later it was taken for repairs to the sculptor's workshop, and renamed Reconciliation upon the request of the Peace Studies Department of the University. It was unveiled for the second time, under the new name, on de Vasconcellos 90th birthday, October 26, 1994.
In 1995 (to mark the 50th anniversary of the end of World War II) bronze casts of this sculpture (as Reconciliation) were placed in the ruins of Coventry Cathedral and in the Hiroshima Peace Park in Japan. An additional cast can be found in the Stormont Estate in Belfast. To mark the opening of the rebuilt German Reichstag (parliament building) in 1999, another cast was placed as part of the Berlin Wall memorial. wikipedia