Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Rijksmuseum exhibits the "Small Wonders" of the Dutch Middle Ages

Prayer nut with The Nativity and The Adoration of the Magi, Adam Dircksz. and workshop, c. 1510 - c. 1525
AMSTERDAM---They are among the most sophisticated and mysterious works of Dutch art: the masterfully carved figurines, miniature shrines, coffins, skulls and prayer nuts from the 16th century. For centuries people have been fascinated by Dutch micro-carvings from the late Middle Ages, and no fewer than 60 of them from around the world will be on display during the 'Small Wonders' exhibition. "Small Wonders" will run from Saturday, 17 June to Sunday, 17 September 2017 in the Philips Wing of the Rijksmuseum. The exhibition was previously shown at the Art Gallery of Ontario (Toronto, Canada) and The Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, USA).

Miniature altar Virgin of the Rosary with Saints Barbara and Catherine, Adam Dircksz. and workshop, c. 1500 - c. 1520.