Heaven on Earth: Manuscript Illuminations from the National Gallery of Art

March 1 – August 16, 2009

East Building Ground Level

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    Simon Bening, Flemish, 1483/1484-1561, The Adoration of the Magi, mid-1520s, tempera and gold leaf on vellum mounted to wood (separate miniature, not from a book), Intended Gift of Dian Woodner

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    Master of Imola, Italian, active 1265 - 1280, The Nativity with Six Dominican Monks, 1265/1274, miniature on vellum, Rosenwald Collection, 1946.21.12

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    Lippo Vanni, Italian, active 1344 - 1376, Saint Peter Enthroned, 1345/1350, miniature on vellum, Rosenwald Collection, 1949.5.88

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    Fra Gregorio Mutii da Montalcino, Sienese, died 1395, Death of Saint Benedict, 1390/1395, miniature on vellum, Rosenwald Collection, 1946.21.13

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    Master of the Dominican Effigies, Italian, active c. 1328 - 1350, The Nativity with the Annunciation to the Shepherds, c. 1340, miniature on vellum, Rosenwald Collection, 1949.5.87

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    Workshop of Pacino di Bonaguida, Italian, active 1302 - c. 1340, Christ in Majesty with Twelve Apostles, c. 1320, miniature on vellum, Rosenwald Collection, 1952.8.277

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    Master of the Dominican Effigies, Italian, active c. 1328 - 1350, Christ and the Virgin Enthroned with Forty Saints, c. 1340, miniature on vellum, Rosenwald Collection, 1959.16.2

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    Olivetan Master, Italian, active c. 1425 - c. 1450, Coronation of the Virgin with the Trinity and Saints, c. 1440, miniature on vellum, Rosenwald Collection, 1950.17.2

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    Belbello da Pavia, Italian, active c. 1430 - c. 1473, The Annunciation to the Virgin, 1450/1460, tempera and gold leaf on vellum, Rosenwald Collection, 1948.11.21

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    Master of the Murano Gradual, Italian, active 15th century, Saint Lawrence, 1440/1450, miniature on vellum, Rosenwald Collection, 1948.11.12

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    Giulio Clovio, Croatia, 1498 - 1578, The Lamentation, c. 1550, gouache heightened with gold on vellum, Patrons' Permanent Fund, 2006.111.1

THIS EXHIBITION IS NO LONGER ON VIEW AT THE NATIONAL GALLERY.

Overview: 52 illuminated manuscript pages and 4 bound volumes mostly depicting sacred subjects comprised this installation of works drawn from the Lessing J. Rosenwald Collection at the National Gallery of Art and more recent acquisitions. Included were miniatures dating from the 12th through the 16th century from France, Germany, Austria, Bohemia, the Netherlands, Spain, and Italy.

Organization: The exhibition was organized by the National Gallery of Art. Virginia Grace Tuttle, associate curator of old master prints, was curator.

Sponsor: The exhibition was supported in part by the Thaw Charitable Trust.

Image: Olivetan Master, Coronation of the Virgin with the Trinity and Saints, c. 1440, miniature on vellum, Rosenwald Collection, 1950.17.2

Attendance: 107,528