Organized by The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore, in partnership with The Ringling, this major exhibition will feature more than 80 objects, many on loan from prestigious institutions across the US and Europe including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Victoria and Albert Museum and the Louvre.
The exhibition focuses on the late medieval and early Renaissance period in Europe (roughly 1300-1500), a time in which societal changes prompted a new interest in human experience, the enjoyment of nature and the pursuit of pleasure. As a result, the art of this period functioned in a rich sensory world that was integral to its appreciation. These works were not only seen, but also touched, smelled and heard. The exhibition will bring together sacred and secular art—including paintings, tapestries, metalwork, and manuscripts—to reveal the role of the senses in courtly ritual and religious practice.
A Feast for the Senses: Art and Experience in Medieval Europe was organized by The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore, in partnership with The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, Sarasota.
This exhibition received generous support from the National Endowment for the Humanities: Exploring the human endeavor; the Institute of Museum and Library Services; the National Endowment for the Arts; and anonymous donors.
This exhibition is supported by an indemnity from the Federal Council on the Arts and the Humanities.
Local support for this exhibition is provided in part by Sarasota County Tourist Development Tax revenues. Bank of America is a major sponsor for A Feast for the Senses: Art and Experience in Medieval Europe. Additional sponsor support provided by PNC Wealth Management.
Image: Master of the Saint Lucy Legend, Mary, Queen of Heaven, ca. 1485/1500. Oil on panel, 78 7/16 × W: 63 11/16 in. (199.2 × 161.8 cm), National Gallery of Art, Samuel H. Kress Collection.