Medieval and Renaissance Treasures from the Victoria and Albert Museum
May 20–August 17, 2008
Accompanied by a publication
The Victoria and Albert Museum in London houses one of the world's finest collections of European decorative arts. The institution is currently undergoing extensive renovations, providing a rare opportunity for the museum to lend some of its precious medieval and Renaissance works. On display at the Metropolitan are thirty-five treasures from the collection that are seldom lent, and most have not been seen previously in New York. Included in the exhibition are the Carolingian ivory cover of the Lorsch Gospels, an ivory statuette of the crucified Christ by Giovanni Pisano, Donatello's bronze Winged Putto with Fantastic Fish, a pair of gilt-bronze statuettes of prophets by Hubert Gerhard, and the Codex Forster 1, one of Leonardo da Vinci's treasured notebooks.