A arte ao serviço da liturgia no pré e no pós Vaticano II

  • Paula Isabel Ferreira Braga Costa (Student)

Student thesis: Master's Thesis


The history of Christian art has given us, through the centuries, images, symbols, profound reflections, techniques, doctrine and sermons, and, above all, answers to questions which only through research can be clarified. Christianity has indelibly marked European and Western art for over two thousand years. Its most significant roots, its essence, its nature, and its most intimate transformations and adaptations, often unknown, are reflected in the workachieved, both in the spiritual and material spheres. What I propose to show, through this composition, is the path which Christian art has followed, along different eras that are marked and identified, and which is always faithful to its great inspiration – Jesus Christ. The mere erection of a building has, in Christian art, its own relevant place since constructing is in itself a structuring word of God in His act of salvation. In this manner, I follow an itinerary thatunveils the progression of Christian art, of which the Changes are visible through the adaptation of the spaces in harmony with the Council Vatican II. In order to make this transformation more visible, in space, I am drawing a parallel between two churches that speak for themselves, each one of them manifesting its own difference whilst preserving a common factor: its beauty which, within its diversity, preserves, in detail, its primary identity.
Date of Award16 May 2023
Original languagePortuguese
Awarding Institution
  • Universidade Católica Portuguesa
SupervisorJosé Paulo Leite de Abreu (Supervisor)


  • Christian art
  • History
  • Cult buildings
  • Interpretation
  • Liturgical renewal
  • Transformation
  • Adaptation


  • Mestrado Integrado em Teologia

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