Archbishop of Westminster

Treasures of Heaven

In a new video, Archbishop Vincent Nichols explains the significance of four objects featured in the British Museum’s new ‘Treasures of Heaven’ exhibition.

Archbishop Nichols talking about the Treasures of Heaven exhibition said: “We don't just work through knowledge, we also work through what we see and the impact of beauty . Those are what feed the life of the spirit within us. That’s why today the pathway of beauty is so important, whether it is the beauty of our churches or the beauty of objects such as those in the ‘Treasures of Heaven’ exhibition. Beauty is a high road to heaven and in this exhibition that is made very clear.”

Treasures of Heaven at the British Museum from Catholic Westminster on Vimeo.

The four objects featured in the video film are:  

  • Reliquary of the True Cross, German 1135, containing a relic believed to be from Jerusalem of the True Cross.
  • Portable Altar with Relics – German 1190-1200
  • Reliquary bust of an Unknown Female Saint,  Probably a Companion of St Ursula, South Netherlandish, probably Brussels, ca. 1520-30
  • Reliquary with the Man of Sorrows, believed to hold a thorn from the Crown of thorns, Bohemian 1347 – 1349
 

The video, produced by the Diocese of Westminster, was directed by Eddie Tulasiewicz and filmed and edited by Bob Walter.

Tresures from Heaven runs at the British Museum until 9 October 2011

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