Brian Whelan

Holy City – A Pilgrimage of Sight

This exhibition is closed.

Washington National Cathedral

Washington, D.C.

Thursday, September 15, 2016 — Monday, January 30, 2017


One panel of nine; a nontych measuring 9ft x 12ft on canvas at the Washington National Cathedral

Created by Brian Whelan for the Cathedral, Holy City is a series of nine paintings representing the three Abrahamic faiths: Christianity, Islam and Judaism. When displayed together, the panels create a work of art 9 x 12 feet. It is, in his words, “an abstracted, disarming vision of cultural unity [where] hospitality would be offered to all pilgrims.”

Might these three Abrahamic faiths live in unity someday? What is the role of art in buttressing our hopes or reflecting the world as it is?

Watch video of Brian talking about Holy City. Download the press release here.

“The Cathedral has a rich history of featuring artwork that celebrates the glory of God and people of all faiths throughout the nation and we are proud to continue that tradition with the work of Brian Whelan. With his depiction of a world in which Christian churches, Islamic mosques and Jewish synagogues exist in harmony, Brian offers us a vision of true interfaith coexistence that is especially poignant ahead of the anniversary of one of the greatest American tragedies in recent memory.”

– The Very Rev. Randy Hollerith, Dean of Washington National Cathedral.

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