The Art of Devotion: Sacred Illuminations, Prints and Drawings

Friday 23 October 2020 (10:00) - Sunday 21 February 2021 (17:00)

The Barber Institute of Fine Arts

'Christ in Glory', Liberale da Verona, about 1467. The Barber Institute of Fine Arts, 2020.

Throughout the medieval and early modern periods, decoding the mysteries of the Bible was an alluring and profitable enterprise for European artists.

The demand for devotional material required innovation by the artists – to create new and varied art in a changing artistic landscape. According to legend, Luke the Evangelist painted a portrait of the Virgin Mary from life, which led medieval painters to envisage themselves as anointed illustrators of the divine.

Presenting fascinating illuminations on vellum, woodcuts and ‘intaglio’ prints, this display spans the exuberant artistic worlds of Italy, the Netherlands, and Germany.

The Barber Institute is open Tuesday to Sunday, 10:00 to 17:00. 

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