By exploring the architecture, stained glass windows and art installations of a variety of religious buildings, Frances Spalding shows the numerous ways in which ideas of 'the sacred' have been realised. Buildings covered include Lincoln Cathedral, Liverpool's Roman Catholic Cathedral and Le Corbusier's Notre Dame du Haut.
Frances Spalding is an art historian, critic and biographer, and Professor of Art History at Newcastle University. She has written mostly on twentieth-century British art and her books include a centenary history of the Tate and several biographies, including one on the poet Stevie Smith. Her most recent book, Prunella Clough: Regions unmapped, will be published March 2012 by Lund Humphries. She is currently writing about contingency.