Religious Life in Medieval and Early Modern Europe
This portfolio brings together images and objects of diverse forms to explore the complexities of religious practices in medieval and early modern Europe. Religious images and their orthodoxy were questioned at different times and in different locations in this period, but remained a cornerstone of education and devotional practice for literate and illiterate groups alike. Those assembled here were for public use in churches, private use in homes, and more.
These works open up discussions on the relationship between function and aesthetics, daily life in medieval and early modern Europe, and religious and material cultures. They invite a long view of both religion and religious art, as over time they incorporate new techniques and trends. Most date to before the Reformation.
Embriachi Workshop, Venice, Italy The Mourning Virgin and holy women (fragment of a Crucifixion from a portable altarpiece) 1395 - 1405 bone Presented in memory of Rosalie Eisenberg 1976/2.102
Jacopo del Casentino Enthroned Madonna and Child with angels and Saints Louis of Toulouse, Zenobius, John the Evangelist, and John the Baptist 1320 - 1330 tempera and gold | panel Museum Purchase 1960/2.123