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Object of Devotion: Medieval English Alabaster Sculpture from the Victoria and Albert Museum
February 17, 2011 - June 26, 2011
Bernard and Barbro Osher Gallery
Halford Gallery
Center Gallery
Head of St. John the Baptist, late 15th century, alabaster, on loan from the Victoria and Albert Museum.

Alabaster production during the Middle Ages centered on the making and selling of finely decorated, gilded and colored sculpture to churches, nobles, and owners of private chapels. More common examples, however, were intended to brighten the homes and spiritual lives of people of modest means and are now treasured as the folk art of the ordinary medieval English man and woman.  Due to this range in intended audience, this assemblage of English alabasters offers an unrivalled glimpse into the spiritual lives, hopes, fears and religious aspirations of both aristocratic and non-aristocratic society during the Middle Ages.

This exhibition is organized and circulated by Art Services International, Alexandria, Virginia. This exhibition is supported by a grant from The Samuel H. Kress Foundation.

Lecture by Kathryn Smith, Thursday, February 17 at 4:30 p.m. in Smith Auditorium

Thursday, February 17 at 5:30 p.m. in the Bowdoin College Museum of Art

Lecture by Jessica Brantley, Thursday, February 24 at 4:30 p.m. in Smith Auditorium

Lecture by Jamal Elias, Thursday, March 3 at 5:00 p.m. in Smith Auditorium

alabaster. late 15th century. on loan from the Victoria and Albert Museum. Panel of the Fifth Sigh of the Last Judgement.
alabaster. early 16th century. on loan from the Victoria and Albert Museum. Panel of the Martyrdom of St. Edmund.

alabaster. 15th century. on loan from the Victoria and Albert Museum. Panel of the Annunciation.