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Express Talk: Reliquaries

June 7, 2017
Meet in Gallery 100
Free with museum admission

Reliquaries are an especially vibrant form of medieval art that served the important function of housing relics. They are tasked with concealing and protecting sacred matter while at the same time displaying and framing it. Join Mellon Curatorial Fellow Julia Oswald to delve into a few representative examples in the collection of the Art Institute.

Attributed to Nicolaus Gerhaert von Leyden. Reliquary Bust of Saint Margaret of Antioch, 1465/70. Kate S. Buckingham Endowment.