Mosaics of St Paul’s Cathedral
St Paul’s Cathedral was designed by Christoper Wren in the late seventeenth century as an elegant white space delineated by light and shadow. From the mid-nineteenth century parts of the interior were transformed by the addition of a manificent series of mosaics. The most stunning examples are the mosaics in the quire and apse designed by the artist William Blake Richmond, which sparkle in vibrant colours and gold.
This beautifully illustrated guide explores the story behind the cathedral’s mosaics — from the discussions surrounding their creation, to their artistic influences and the biblical themes they depict from a uniquely Victorian perspective.
Heike Zech is the Senior Curator of the Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Collection at the Victoria and Albert Museum.