A THESIS BRINGING TOGETHER ART, HISTORY, AND RELIGION
Exhibition of Belief: The Museum Identity of Religious Objects explores the relationship between religious objects, art, icons, and artefacts, and their physical location. Noel asks whether objects being placed in a museum become secular art objects reliant on the perspective of the voyeur. Do religious objects once used in ritual maintain their identity as sacred, after the practices are gone and the people no longer care?
How do meaningful encounters with religious objects provide multiple identities, simultaneously, for objects once regarded as sacred? This book explores the ideas of the museum, religious spaces, their differences, and their many, many similarities.