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"Glory of the Gothic Page"
2003-12-17 until 2004-03-07
J. Paul Getty Center
Los Angeles, CA, USA

This exhibition, Glory of the Gothic Page, at the celebrates the achievements of Gothic manuscript illumination in northern Europe from around 1200 to 1350, representing some of the most innovative and beautiful paintings to survive from the Middle Ages. The term "Gothic" was originally coined by Renaissance writers who associated the style of the cathedrals built in France in the years leading to 1200 with the barbarian Goths.

Its early derogatory meaning having long since worn away, the term now evokes visions of soaring spires, gracefully swaying figures, and shimmering gold leaf. This exhibition celebrates the achievements of Gothic manuscript illumination in northern Europe from around 1200 to 1350. Characteristic aspects include an extraordinary sense of breadth and volume, the employment of the margins of the page as a field for figural decoration, and an explosion in the variety of illustrated books being produced, ranging from scholastic university treatises to entertaining romances.


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