English Medieval Alabasters from Victoria and Albert Travel to Bowdoin Museum

"The Capture of Saint Edmund," c. 1470-1500, alabaster, 15 1/4 inches x 10 3/8 inches, on loan from the Victoria and Albert Museum.

An exhibition of medieval English alabaster reliefs from the Victoria and Albert Museum is making its first North American tour and the Bowdoin College Museum of Art is one of just five museums selected to display these rare treasures. Sixty of these sculpted, gilded and painted panels are on display through May 15, 2011. Opening reception for the exhibition is 5:30 p.m.. Thursday, Feb. 17, 2011, preceded by a 4:30 p.m. public talk by art historian Kathryn Smith on “Bringing the Holie Companie of Heven to Earth: Medieval English Alabaster Sculpture in Its religious, Visual and Social Contexts.”

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