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Object of Devotion: Medieval English Alabaster Sculpture from the Victoria and Albert Museum

Panel of the Ascension. Late 15th Century. alabaster, Victoria and Albert Museum, London.OBJECT OF DEVOTION: Medieval English Alabaster Sculpture from the Victoria and Albert Museum presents sixty beautifully-carved alabaster panels and free-standing figures that were displayed in the homes, chapels, and churches of both aristocratic and non-aristocratic Christians in the 15th and 16th centuries. Alabaster production during the Middle Ages centered on the making and selling of finely decorated, gilded and colored sculpture to churches, nobles, and owners of private chapels. More common examples, however, were intended to brighten the homes and spiritual lives of people of modest means and are now treasured as the folk art of the ordinary medieval English man and woman.  Due to this range in intended audience, this assemblage of English alabasters offers an unrivalled glimpse into the spiritual lives, hopes, fears and religious aspirations of both aristocratic and non-aristocratic society during the Middle Ages.  Since alabasters were sold across the Continent in large quantities, the exhibition sheds light on spirituality and culture beyond the English Channel, with English examples having been found in countries from Iceland to Italy, and Poland to Portugal.

Works in the exhibition have been selected by Dr. Paul Williamson, FSA, Guest Curator of the exhibition and Director of Collections and Keeper of Sculpture, Metalwork, and Glass at the Victoria and Albert Museum and Fergus Cannan, Associate Curator of the exhibition.


Panel of the Lamentation. 15th Century, alabaster, Victoria and Albert Museum, London. Figure of the Trinity. Early 15th Century, alabaster, Victoria and Albert Museum, London. Panel of the Harrowing of Hell. Later 15th Century, alabaster, Victoria and Albert Museum, London.
     
Panel of the Coronation of the Virgin. Early 15th Century, alabaster, Victoria and Albert Museum, London. Panel of the Assumption of the Virgin. Late 15th Century, alabaster, Victoria and Albert Museum, London. Panel of Christ’s Entry into Jerusalem. 15th Century, alabaster, Victoria and Albert Museum, London.


Dates:  December 2010 – June 2014

2010      
December 2 - January 9, 2011
The Society of the Four Arts (Palm Beach, FL)

2011     

February 5 - June 12

September 3 - November 13

December 3 - February 12, 2012 

Bowdoin College Museum of Art (Brunswick, ME)

Tyler Museum of Art (Tyler, Texas)

Princeton University Art Museum (Princeton, NJ)

2012     

March 3 - May 13

June 2 - November 11

December 1 - January 20, 2013

Kalamazoo Institute of Arts (Kalamazoo, MI)

Museum of Art, Brigham Young University (Provo, UT)

Huntsville Museum of Art (Huntsville, AL)

2013

March 2 - May 26 

October 26 - January 5, 2014



North Carolina Museum of Art
(Raleigh, NC)

Dayton Art Institute (Dayton, OH)

2014

March 7 - June 8

Museum of Biblical Art (New York, NY)
   

 


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