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Gothic Boxwood Miniatures

Updated: Aug 7, 2022

Prayer Beads at the Art Gallery of Ontario

-- 21 October 2016 | TMA

New exhibition, Small Wonders: Gothic Boxwood Miniatures, at the Art Gallery of Ontario in partnership with The Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Rijksmuseum (the National Museum of The Netherlands) will feature miniature boxwood carvings from the early 1500s from November 5, 2016 – January 22, 2017 in Toronto. The miniature carvings can fit in the palm of the hand and remain marvels of human ingenuity as each sphere contains intricate carvings of Biblical themes. The exhibit will discuss new insights into the methods of production and cultural significance of these beads and miniature altarpieces. The AGO has ten and the largest collection of prayer beads with two altarpieces as a permanent exhibit in the rooms of the Thomson Collection of European Art. The other cultural objects highlighted in the special exhibit are from the Met and Rijksmuseum.

See chapters 9 and 10 on Gothic Art and more about art in the Middle Ages in Medieval Art by Marilyn Stokstad.

How to cite blog:

TMA staff, "Gothic Boxwood Miniatures: Prayer Beads at the Art Gallery of Ontario." Teaching the Middle Ages, Oct 21, 2016; updated 2022,

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