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‘An Art of Equilibrium, Purity and Peace’: Tom Phillips RA and Richard Cork

Richard Cork and Tom Phillips RA discuss artists' involvement with churches.

For Matisse, the Chapel of the Rosary at Vence was his masterpiece, the result of a quest for simplicity and transcendence in which he achieved, as he put it, ‘an art of equilibrium, purity and peace’. Working on the chapel for three years, Matisse designed the luminous stained-glass windows, the altar and crucifix, as well as a number of brilliantly coloured liturgical vestments. Art historian Richard Cork gives an historical account of how artists such as Matisse, Mark Rothko and Stanley Spencer have been heavily involved with chapels at some point in the careers. Influential artist Tom Phillips RA discusses his experience of making art for the All Soul’s Chapel at Westminster Cathedral where he had first attended High Mass as a schoolboy fifty years previously.


Dr Richard Cork | talks
Tom Phillips | talks


Date and Time:

29 April 2005 at 6:30 pm


1 hour



Royal Academy of Arts Education Department
Burlington House
020 7300 8000

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