3-1-11: Saints, Thorns, and Vessels

March 1, 2011 at 8:00 am Leave a comment

Reliquary Bust of an Unknown Female Saint, probably a companion of Saint Ursula, South Netherlandish, circa 1520–30. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, The Cloisters Collection.

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.”

Reliquary pendant for the Holy Thorn, France (Paris), circa 1340. The British Museum, London.

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