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Gallery Talk: Reliquaries

September 7, 2017
12:00PM1:00PM
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 PhD Candidate Julia Oswald to delve into a few representative examples in the collection of the Art Institute.


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