Chloe Reddaway

Chloe Reddaway


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    Research interests

    Visual theology, especially the recovery of historic works of art as a resource for contemporary theology

    The artistic use of strangeness as a response to the challenge of painting Christ.

    Images of the Visitation in connection to the New Creation. 

    The ecclesiastical stained glass of Tom Denny.

    Currently writing an introductory handbook for theology and the visual arts and an edited volume on methodology in this field. 

    Current research projects:

    Theology and the Visual Arts - King's College London (

    Past research projects:

    Theology, Modernity and the Visual Arts (TMVA) (

    Selected publications

    • Theology, Modernity, and the Visual Arts, eds, Ben Quash, Chloë Reddaway (Brepols) 2024.
    • Strangeness and Recognition: Mystery and Familiarity in Renaissance Paintings of Christ (Brepols) 2019.
    • Transformations in Person and Paint: Visual Theology, Historical Images, and the Modern Viewer (Brepols). January 2016.
    • Visualising a Sacred City: London, Art and Religion. Eds, Ben Quash, Chloë Reddaway, Aaron Rosen (IB Tauris). 2017.
    • ‘St Peter’s Church, Martley and St Edburga’s Church, Leigh’ in Glory, Azure and Gold: Twelve stained-glass windows by Thomas Denny. (London: Reed Contemporary Books) 2015. Republished in a second edition (London: Reed Contemporary Books in association with Lund Humphries) 2016.
    • ‘Reading Hermeneutic Space: Pictorial and Spiritual Transformation in the Brancacci Chapel’ in James Romaine and Linda Stratford (eds), Revisioning, Critical Methods of Seeing Christianity in the History of Art. (Cascade: Oregon) 2014.

    Biographical details

    Chloë's work focuses on visual theology and Christian art, with a particular interest in the potential of historic works of art for contemporary theology

    After reading Philosophy and Theology at Oxford, Chloë worked in the arts sector and studied Cultural Management.  She moved to KCL for an AHRC-funded PhD on the theology of 14th/15th century Florentine fresco cycles.  She held a post-doctoral role in the Divinity Faculty at the University of Cambridge and from 2014-2018 she was the Ahmanson Fellow/Curator in Art and Religion at the National Gallery, where she co-taught the KCL/NG MA in Christianity and the Arts. She returned to the Centre for Arts and the Sacred at King’s in 2018 to join the Visual Commentary on Scripture team, and work on a collaborative project with Duke University, NC: Theology, Modernity, and the Visual Arts.

    Chloë teaches widely in theology and the arts. She has lectured for the KCL/National Gallery collaborative MA in Christianity and the Arts since 2011 and was the course leader for the National Gallery from 2014-2016. She teaches for Samford University in London, and has also taught for the Vancouver School of Theology, Lambeth Palace, the University of Cambridge, Westminster College Cambridge, Westcott House, and Sarum College, focussing on theological engagement with historic Christian art, contemporary ecclesiastical art, and the role of the arts in Christian ministry.

    She is a founding co-editor of the Brepols series, Arts and the Sacred, and an advisor to Art + Christianity.  

    External positions

    Ahmanson Fellow in Art and Religion, National Gallery London

    1 Sept 201431 Dec 2017

    Research Associate, Divinity Faculty, University of Cambridge

    1 Jul 201331 Aug 2014


    • BH Aesthetics
    • BR Christianity
    • N Visual arts (General) For photography, see TR
    • ND Painting


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