Friday, September 02, 2011

“In the Beginning Was the Word”: Medieval Gospel Illumination exhibition at The Getty

The J. Paul Getty Museum has unveiled its latest exhibition earlier this week, which gives visitors the opportunity to see how the four gospels were seen in the Middle Ages. Drawing primarily from the Getty Museum’s permanent collection, “In the Beginning Was the Word”: Medieval Gospel Illumination, began on August 30th and goes until November 27, 2011. It examines the decoration associated with the Gospels, including portraits of the four Evangelists, and explores the varied approaches to illustrating the life of Christ.

“The Gospels were considered of paramount importance and were richly decorated throughout the Middle Ages,” says Kristen Collins, associate curator of manuscripts. “With examples ranging from England to Ethiopia, Byzantium, and Armenia, this exhibition traces the tradition of Gospel illumination in Christian art and worship.”

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