From the Gallery Floor – abstract

From the Gallery Floor

Reflections on Everyday Intersections between Education and Religion

Dr. Devorah Block, Director for Learning, Circles Squared Foundation, New York

A significant proportion of museum objects are religious in origin. Certainly the altarpieces and devotional objects which fill the galleries of our Italian collections. But also works as seemingly disparate as an ancient Greek Apollo, a Chinese bodhisattva statue, and a sculpture of Isis are united with a Madonna and Child by both their religious purpose, and their de-contextualisation from that purpose.

This paper focuses on the author’s personal experiences as an educator in America and Italy to open up a reflection on differences and similarities in the treatment of a variety of religious objects in museum education programming.