Exhibitions

January 22, 2010 - May 2, 2010. Demons and Devotion: The Hours of Catherine of Cleves with continuing On-line exhibition for the Hours of Catherine of Cleves, The Morgan Library and Museum.
The Hours of Catherine of Cleves is the most important and lavish of all Dutch manuscripts, as well as one of the most beautiful among the Morgan's collection. Commissioned by Catherine of Cleves around 1440 and illustrated by an artist known as the Master of Catherine of Cleves, the work is an illustrated prayer book containing devotions that Catherine would recite throughout the day. The manuscript's two volumes have been disbound for the exhibition, which features nearly a hundred miniatures. Also shown are manuscripts illuminated by both predecessors and contemporaries of the Master of Catherine of Cleves, who is widely considered the finest and most original illuminator of the northern Netherlands.

June 1, 2010–August 8, 2010. Old Testament Imagery in Medieval Christian Manuscripts, Getty Museum of Art.
The Old Testament, as the Hebrew Bible is known to Christians, served as one of the richest sources for narrative art in the Middle Ages. It provided familiar stories—such as those of the Creation of the World and Noah's Ark—and held up heroes such as David and Solomon for emulation. Medieval readers turned to the Old Testament not only for inspiration and moral guidance, but also as a source of entertaining tales and historical information. This exhibition features the Old Testament in a wide variety of books, including Bibles, private devotional manuscripts, books for the mass, and world histories.

August 24, 2010 – February 6, 2011. Illuminated Manuscripts from Belgium and the Netherlands, Getty Museum of Art.
During the Middle Ages, the area occupied today by Belgium and the Netherlands flourished economically and artistically. By the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries, the towns of Bruges, Ghent, Antwerp, and Utrecht participated in one of the greatest flowerings of book illumination in Europe. This exhibition surveys the Getty Museum's holdings of medieval manuscripts from the region, including masterworks made for such influential patrons as the dukes of Burgundy — Philip the Good and Charles the Bold —and the Holy Roman Emperor Rudolf II. After eleven weeks, the books' pages will be turned to reveal further illuminated riches.

November 16, 2010 –February 6, 2011. Imagining the Past in France, 1250–1500,Getty Museum of Art .
In the Middle Ages. history played such an integral role in French culture that some of the greatest imagery of the period is found within the covers of history manuscripts. Illuminations enabled heroic figures of the past — the biblical King David, Alexander the Great, the Holy Roman Emperor Charlemagne — to come alive before the eyes of medieval readers. Serving both as exciting narratives and as propaganda, such images were immensely successful at the French court. On view exclusively at the J. Paul Getty Museum, this major international loan exhibition features rare manuscripts drawn from the collections of more than twenty-five of the world's greatest museums and libraries. The books are supplemented with ivories, tapestries, and metalwork that demonstrate how historical tales leapt from illuminated pages into other artistic forms.

Victoria & Albert Museum, British Museum, and Getty Museum of Art Re-open Medieval Galleries Permanent Collections

Victoria & Albert Museum
The Medieval & Renaissance Galleries are home to one of the world's most remarkable collections of treasures from these periods The display ranges from delicately carved ivories and intricate metalwork to Leonardo da Vinci's notebooks and powerful sculptures. The galleries tell the story of European art and culture from AD 300–1600; from the decline of the Roman Empire to the end of the Renaissance period.

The British Museum
The newly-refurbished Medieval Europe gallery showcases many of the world’s greatest medieval treasures. British, European and Byzantine objects tell the story of a period of great change, when territorial wars and political turmoil shaped the continent we know today. From the power and dominance of the Church in everyday life, to the social change spread through Europe by a new merchant class, unique and famous objects provide a gateway to the major developments of the age. The ritual and protocol of the royal court is explored, as well as the cultural, intellectual and political exchange brought about by travel, trade and pilgrimage. Examples of sacred art also show how the divine was represented at the time. 

Getty Museum of Art (opens May 11, 2010)
Medieval and Renaissance Sculpture and Decorative Arts
A newly designed installation of European medieval and Renaissance sculpture and decorative arts is now on view in the J. Paul Getty Museum's North Pavilion at the Getty Center. Displayed with paintings, drawings, and illuminated manuscripts that enrich their context, the works of art are arranged by p eriod and theme. The installation features innovative technologies, including interactive touch screens that enhance the visitor's experience.