John McCarthy examines the art of faith – the art of religions, journeying across the globe in search of great temples, churches and sacred sites. The three hour-long films, presented and narrated by the broadcaster John McCarthy, visit many of the greatest and most significant religious buildings of the world. Each hour-long episode is a high-definition visual experience. Divine in form, sacred buildings are amongst the most beautiful and enduring achievements of mankind. Art of Faith travels the world to visit the great buildings, exploring how the passions and complexities of religious beliefs have been expressed in architecture.
Looking back over the last 3000 years the series provides an insight into how we have celebrated faith through art. With contributions from architects, scholars and worshippers the series explains the buildings’ genesis, laying down the brush strokes of the sites’ design, whilst looking at the shared elements and contrasts between the religions and the aesthetics of the places of worship.
Art of Faith part 1 – Hinduism
John McCarthy explores the art and architecture of the Asian religions, beginning in India with the colouful erotic carvings at the vibrant Meenakshi temple.
Art of Faith part 2 – Buddhism
Journalist John McCarthy travels through India, China, Cambodia and Japan, exploring the magnificent architecture and art which embodies their people’s devotion to Buddhism.
Art of Faith part 3 – Daoism and Shinto
John McCarthy investigates the art of Daoism and Shinto, visiting the top of Mount Tai in China and the intriguing orange gates littering the hillside in Kyoto, Japan.