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The Week’s Muse: 19 April

19 April 2014

How does art communicate, and how should we engage with it? We round up some of the discussions from the Muse Room this week.

Art and religion

(at Coventry Cathedral), Jacob Epstein.Is abstract art better than traditional painting at expressing religious themes? This Easter Richard Harries argues that modern and contemporary artists have revitalised Christian imagery.

Learning to look at art

(1744–7), Philip Mercier.Ben Street argues that art historians, in their quest for context, no longer look closely at art; Danielle Thom counters that curators do so every day. Do we need to rethink how we study and engage with art history?

Culture Secretaries

Maria Miller.Will Sajid Javid, the UK’s seventh culture secretary in as many years, stay the course? Thomas Marks discusses the DCMS’s confusing brief, and its problematic top job.