Saturday, July 16, 2016

Getty Museum Opens Exhibition of Illuminated Manuscripts

Attributed to the Master of the Antiphonary of San Giovanni Fuorcivitas (Italian, active 2nd quarter of 14th century), Initial A: Christ Wiping the Tears from the Eyes of the Saved, about 1330 - 1340. Tempera colors and gold. Leaf: 13.5 × 13.5 cm (5 5/16 × 5 5/16 in.) Accession No. 2015.57.recto. The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, Ms. 113, recto.
CALIFORNIA---Medieval and Renaissance manuscript illuminators sought to convey spiritual experiences through paint, ink, and gold in order to condense biblical narratives or complex prophecies into understandable images. Drawn primarily from the J. Paul Getty Museum’s extraordinary collection of manuscripts, this exhibition focuses on aspects of medieval spirituality that can be difficult to translate visually, including miraculous encounters with the divine, grand visions of the end of time, the intricacies of belief, and the intimate communications of prayer. [link]

J. Paul Getty Museum:  "Things Unseen: Vision, Belief, and Experience in Illuminated Manuscripts" (Ends September 25, 2016); 1200 Getty Center Drive, Los Angeles, CA; (310) 440-7300;
Taddeo Crivelli (Italian, died about 1479, active about 1451 - 1479), Initial B: The Trinity, about 1460 - 1470. Tempera and gold on parchment. Leaf: 16 × 16 cm (6 5/16 × 6 5/16 in.) Accession No. 2005.2.recto. The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, Ms. 88, recto.