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Of Earth and Heaven: Art from the Middle Ages

Luhring Augustine is pleased to present Of Earth and Heaven: Art from the Middle Ages, an exhibition of Late Medieval painting, sculpture, stained glass, and goldsmith’s work in association with Sam Fogg, the world’s leading dealer in the art of the Middle Ages.  The exhibition will highlight Europe’s artistic flowering between the 12th and 16th centuries, bringing together many of the finest masterpieces of Medieval and Renaissance art still in private hands. A fully illustrated catalogue has been published in conjunction with the exhibition. 

 

The centerpiece of the exhibition will be three monumental sections of carved stonework from the south transept window of Canterbury Cathedral, one of the most important pilgrimage sites in Europe.  The window was designed by Thomas Mapilton (d. 1438), a master mason who worked on Westminster Abbey and the Tower of London prior to his appointment at Canterbury.  The window, made from limestone specially quarried at Caen in Normandy, France in 1428, was one of the most ambitious projects of English Gothic architecture, filling almost the entire height and width of the cathedral’s vast south transept.

 

The exhibition will also feature a carefully selected group of paintings, sculptures, and goldsmith’s work.  Highlights will include an extraordinary stained-glass window depicting the Creation of the World and the Expulsion of Adam and Eve from the Garden of Eden, painted in 1533 by the celebrated Renaissance glass-painter Valentin Bousch.  There will also be one of the most significant Netherlandish paintings to emerge onto the market in decades: a large painted triptych dedicated to the Virgin and Child which retains its wings and original frame.  Among the small-scale treasury objects to be presented is a precious 13th-century Limoges reliquary chasse, outstanding in its nearly pristine gilded decoration.

 

Sam Fogg’s experience with the finest Spanish art of the Middle Ages will also be highlighted with a life-size corpus of Christ in carved and polychromed wood, and a massive panel painting of Saint Christopher by the Valencian painter Nicolás Falcό, measuring over nine feet in height.

 

As part of the exhibition a one-day symposium, Collecting Medieval Art: Past, Present and Future, will take place on Saturday, January 27, 9:30am – 5:00pm at the Beatrice Theatre at SVA Theatre, 333 W 23rd Street, New York, NY. The symposium is free to attend but to reserve a place guests should RSVP to rsvp@luhringaugustine.com. Additional information and rsvp details may be found here.  

Artworks

Capital with griffins, Apulia, Italy
Virgin and Child with Angels (detail), Lower Bavaria
Virgin and Child with Angels, Lower Bavaria
Capital with griffins (detail), Apulia, Italy
German or Southern Netherlandish Master, The Virgin and Child
German or Southern Netherlandish Master, The Virgin and Child (detail)
Pietà (detail), Southern Germany
Pietà, Southern Germany
The Master of the Magdalene Legend (fl. c. 1490-c. 1540), The Virgin and Child
Robert de Lannoy (fl. from 1292, d. Paris? 1356, attributed), John the Baptist (detail)
Robert de Lannoy (fl. from 1292, d. Paris? 1356, attributed), John the Baptist (detail)
Robert de Lannoy (fl. from 1292, d. Paris? 1356, attributed), John the Baptist
Roulland le Roux (active c. 1500-20) and Pierre des Aubeaux (active 1511-23), A monumental drawing for the crossing tower of Rouen Cathedral, presented to the Cathedral Chapter on March 8th, 1516
Roulland le Roux (active c. 1500-20) and Pierre des Aubeaux (active 1511-23), A monumental drawing for the crossing tower of Rouen Cathedral, presented to the Cathedral Chapter on March 8th, 1516
The Master of 1499 (Ghent or Brussels, fl. c. 1490-c. 1520), Outer wings of the Triptych of the Virgin and Child depicting the Annunciation of the Virgin
The Master of 1499 (Ghent or Brussels, fl. c. 1490-c. 1520), Triptych of the Virgin and Child, with the Nativity and a kneeling donor accompanied by standing saints
A large processional cross, Barcelona (?), Spain
A large processional cross (detail), Barcelona (?), Spain
The Crucifixion, Bruges, Southern Netherlands
The Crucifixion (detail), Bruges, Southern Netherlands
Nicolás Falcó (c. 1470-1531), Saint Christopher carrying the Christ Child
Guillaume Regnault (c. 1450-1530, attributed), The Virgin Annunciate
A monumental arch intersection, from the south window of Canterbury Cathedral, Canterbury, Kent, England
A monumental arch intersection from the south window of Canterbury Cathedral (detail), Canterbury, Kent, England
A springer mullion from the south window of Canterbury Cathedral, Canterbury, Kent, England
A two-tier chandelier with the Virgin and Child, Southern Netherlands
A two-tier chandelier with the Virgin and Child (detail), Southern Netherlands
A seated lion, Apulia, Southern Italy 
A seated lion (detail), Apulia, Southern Italy
A seated lion, Apulia, Southern Italy
A reliquary bust of one of the 11,000 Virgins, Cologne, Germany
Workshop of Gil de Siloé (c. 1440-1501) and Diego de la Cruz (fl. 1482-1500), A gilded shrine showing the Virgin and Child
Workshop of Gil de Siloé (c. 1440-1501) and Diego de la Cruz (fl. 1482-1500), A gilded shrine showing the Virgin and Child (detail)
A life-sized polychromed corpus of Christ, Aragón, North-eastern Spain
A life-sized polychromed corpus of Christ (detail), Aragón, North-eastern Spain
Andreas Frosch (fl. c. 1517), The Risen Christ
Andreas Frosch (fl. c. 1517), The Risen Christ (detail)
Andreas Frosch (fl. c. 1517), The Risen Christ (detail)
Virgo Lactans (The Nursing Virgin), Lombardy, Italy
Virgo Lactans (The Nursing Virgin) (detail), Lombardy, Italy
Maestro de los Florida (Juan de Bonilla? doc. 1442-78), Saint Michael Vanquishing the Devil
Maestro de los Florida (Juan de Bonilla? doc. 1442-78), Saint Michael Vanquishing the Devil (detail)
Maestro de los Florida (Juan de Bonilla? doc. 1442-78), Saint Michael Vanquishing the Devil (detail)
A Schöne ('Beautiful') Madonna, Salzburg, Austria
A gilded bronze corupus of Christ Triumphant, Meuse Valley
A gilded bronze corupus of Christ Triumphant (detail), Meuse Valley
An enamelled plaque depicting Saint Matthew, from the tomb of Henry I, Cont of Champagne (d. 1181), Troyes Cathedral, Troyes, Champagne, France
Cloisonné enamel medallion showing Saint Pantaleon, Constantinople
An enameled casket showing the Crucifixion, Limoges, France
An enameled casket showing the Crucifixion, Limoges, France
Jean Mamerot (acive Auxerre, 1535-after 1568), An arm reliquary of a bishop saint
Jean Mamerot (acive Auxerre, 1535-after 1568), An arm reliquary of a bishop saint (detail)
Valentin Bousch (fl. 1514-1541), The Creation of the World and the Expulsion from Paradise
Valentin Bousch (fl. 1514-1541), Detail from the Expulsion from Paradise
The Montefiore Mainz Mahzor, Mahzor for special Shabbot, Passover, and Shavuot according to the Rie of Mainz
The Montefiore Mainz Mahzor (detail), Mahzor for special Shabbot, Passover, and Shavuot according to the Rie of Mainz
The Montefiore Mainz Mahzor (detail), Mahzor for special Shabbot, Passover, and Shavuot according to the Rie of Mainz
The Master of the Dresden Prayerbook (c. 1465-c. 1515), The Carpentin Hours
The Master of the Dresden Prayerbook (c. 1465-c. 1515), The Carpentin Hours
The Master of the Dresden Prayerbook (c. 1465-c. 1515), The Carpentin Hours

Installation Views

Of Earth and Heaven: Art from the Middle Ages, In association with Sam Fogg, London
Of Earth and Heaven: Art from the Middle Ages, In association with Sam Fogg, London
Of Earth and Heaven: Art from the Middle Ages, In association with Sam Fogg, London
Of Earth and Heaven: Art from the Middle Ages, In association with Sam Fogg, London
Of Earth and Heaven: Art from the Middle Ages, In association with Sam Fogg, London
Of Earth and Heaven: Art from the Middle Ages, In association with Sam Fogg, London
Of Earth and Heaven: Art from the Middle Ages, In association with Sam Fogg, London
Of Earth and Heaven: Art from the Middle Ages, In association with Sam Fogg, London
Of Earth and Heaven: Art from the Middle Ages, In association with Sam Fogg, London
Of Earth and Heaven: Art from the Middle Ages, In association with Sam Fogg, London
Of Earth and Heaven: Art from the Middle Ages, In association with Sam Fogg, London
Of Earth and Heaven: Art from the Middle Ages, In association with Sam Fogg, London
Of Earth and Heaven: Art from the Middle Ages, In association with Sam Fogg, London
Of Earth and Heaven: Art from the Middle Ages, In association with Sam Fogg, London
Of Earth and Heaven: Art from the Middle Ages, In association with Sam Fogg, London
Of Earth and Heaven: Art from the Middle Ages, In association with Sam Fogg, London
Of Earth and Heaven: Art from the Middle Ages, In association with Sam Fogg, London
Of Earth and Heaven: Art from the Middle Ages, In association with Sam Fogg, London
Of Earth and Heaven: Art from the Middle Ages, In association with Sam Fogg, London

Contact

For more information about the exhibition, please contact Lauren Wittels at lauren@luhringaugustine.com or 212.206.9100.

For press requests, please contact Caroline Burghardt at caroline@luhringaugustine.com or 718.386.2745.

For more information about the conference, please contact Imogen Tedbury, Imogen.Tedbury@courtauld.ac.uk

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