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The power of faith

Religious beliefs have inspired countless great works of art and many objects still have the power to move the faithful. Even in more secular societies, ancient artefacts can take on new meanings.

17th Century

The power of faith

The Virgin of Macarena

This elaborately adorned statue of the Virgin Mary is paraded through the streets of Seville in Holy Week at the centre of a large procession to remarkable effect.

1476

The power of faith

The Kennicott Bible

This Jewish Bible is extravagantly illustrated with charming and beautiful images. It dates from a brief moment in Spanish history when Muslim, Jewish and Christian traditions came together.

1565

The power of faith

The Crucifixion of Jesus Christ - Tintoretto

Tintoretto’s vast canvas put contemporary viewers in the middle of the action to show the crucifixion of Jesus as both an historical event and a religious event relevant to them.

1558

The power of faith

The Süleymaniye Mosque

Designed by Mimar Sinan, the Süleymaniye Mosque is flooded with light from 249 windows and its undivided interior symbolises the union of all believers.

450 BCE

The power of faith

The Parthenon

The Parthenon was built as a temple to the goddess Athena but, for contemporary visitors, represents a different sort of faith.