THE GRANDE CHARTREUSE


John Ruskin reflected on his visit to The Grande Chartreuse, near Mont Blanc, in his autobiography Praeterita. Ruskin described being lead around the monastery by a monk. The life the monks lead, including the ‘silent order’ and rituals, forced Ruskin to reflect upon his own evangelical beliefs.

These images were taken at the former Chartreuse Monastery, known as the Charterhouse Priory of St. Anne, Coventry. The building dates back to 1385, and holds many traces of the past inhabitants. The most recent use of the building was as a training house for Coventry City College.

The medieval wall paintings and stonework, presented in these images, provides an insight into the origins of the building. The images encourage reflection on the experience Ruskin encountered on his trip to the Grande Chartreuse.

A collaboration with Daniel Simcox