'Of Earth and Heaven’
Through March 10. Sam Fogg Ltd. at Luhring Augustine, 531 West 24th Street, Manhattan
Sam Fogg, the respected London dealer, has regularly staged exhibitions of medieval art in New York for around a decade, but never before in Chelsea. Unsurprisingly, this year’s show begins with the thrill of simply walking into it, forsaking the neighborhood’s contemporary-art babble for the otherworldly hush imposed by nearly 30 expressions of faith in painting, sculpture and whatnot from the Middle Ages. Here, the whatnot includes enamels, a silver and silver-gilt reliquary in the form of a bishop’s hand; a large stained-glass window and the lavishly illustrated Carpentin Hours, by the artist known as the Master of the Dresden Prayer Book. The most secular item in this group is a two-tier cast-brass chandelier from the Southern Netherlands (1480-1520) that is remarkably like the single-tier one in Jan van Eyck’s “The Arnolfini Portrait” of 1434.
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