3-1-11: Saints, Thorns, and Vessels
In Medieval Europe, relics, which were the physical remains of saints, were displayed in special containers, known as reliquaries. The Walters Art Museum in Baltimore is hosting the first major American exhibition of Christian relics and reliquaries, called “Treasures of Heaven: Saints, Relics and Devotion in Medieval Europe.” It’s co-organized by the Walters, the Cleveland Museum of Art and the British Museum.
Tom Hall took a pilgrimage to the Walters, where he toured the exhibit with Martina Bagnoli, curator of medieval art at the Walters, and James Robinson, Curator of Late Medieval Collections at the British Museum. The exhibit will be on display through May 15.
Also, on March 6, the museum will host a forum, “The Religion of Relics, Christian to Islam.”