Video: Theology Professor Robin Jensen on Sacred Art in Context

Author: Margaret McVeigh



Robin Jensen, Ph.D., professor of theology at the University of Notre Dame and an authority on early Christian art and archaeology, encountering sacred art in secular places has provoked some intriguing questions. How might the type of art and where it’s placed affect how people experience it? Are certain types of religious art more conducive to spiritual experiences than others? Is it the art itself that produces the impact, or are our responses dependent on where and when we experience it? With funding from the Templeton Religion Trust, Jensen hopes to uncover answers to these and related questions as she leads an interdisciplinary pilot research project, “Understanding the Enduring Impact of Encounters with Sacred Art.”