THE LUXURY OF ROMANESQUE IVORIES
Ivories of the Musée de Cluny at the MEV
Temporary exhibition at the Museu Episcopal de Vic
March the 22th - July the 7th 2019
Ivory has fascinated human cultures since time immemorial due to its smoothness and whiteness, a sign of purity, and also due to its scarcity and price, which have made it a prized element. In pre-Romanesque and Romanesque Europe, this fascination led to the production of beautiful ivory objects, designed both for the purposes of worship and for domestic settings. In both contexts the material became an artistic medium, a sign of social and economic prestige; in short, an expression of splendour.
The Musée de Cluny – Musée national du Moyen Âge in Paris boasts one of the most important mediaeval ivory collections in Europe. On the occasion of the refurbishment of its facilities, it has lent some of the most prized exhibits of this collection to the Episcopal Museum of Vic. The two museums are the founders of the Network of Medieval Art Museums of Europe.
This selection of exceptional works of art gives us an opportunity to study commercial routes between continents, the activity of ivory carving workshops, the circulation of artistic models and the surge of great churches and royal courts almost one thousand years ago. The exhibition explains the history of some exquisite objects, giving us the chance to be captivated by the luxury of Romanesque ivories.
Museu Episcopal de Vic
Ajuntament de Vic, Bisbat de Vic, Generalitat de Catalunya
Musée de Cluny - Musée national du Moyen Âge
Network of European Medieval Art Museums
Cercle del MEV
The luxury of Romanesque ivories. Ivories of the Musée de Cluny at the MEV