• Small Wonders

Small Wonders

Late-Gothic Boxwood Microcarvings from the Low Countries


> Virtuoso microcarvings that push the boundaries of the physically possible
> Exhibitions in The Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, until 22 January 2017; The Metropolitan Museum of Art (The Cloisters), New York, 22 February – 21 May 2017 and the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, 15 June – 17 September 2017

Marvels of human ingenuity, so small they can fit in the palm of your hand, miniature boxwood carvings from the early sixteenth century have been filling us with wonder for ages due to the enormous virtuosity with which they were made.

Presenting some 60 statuettes, miniature altars, prayer nuts, monstrances, skulls and other memento mori pendants, Small Wonders is the first publication to focus on these late-medieval, pocketsize carvings from the Low Countries. The stunningly fine-carved luxury ‘toys for the soul’ show the most ingenious religious scenes. They were intended for the personal meditative and devout use of medieval believers, but also for their amusement and amazement. An international team of experts examined the rare works of art and unravelled how and for whom they were made and how they were used. The ‘small wonders’ were photographed especially for this comprehensive miniature publication that therefore reveals every last detail.

ISBN 978-94-9171-493-1 | 1. edition | December 2016 | available | red./ed.: Frits Scholten auteurs/authors: Barbara Drake Boehm, Pete Dandridge, Lisa Ellis, Reindert Falkenburg, Ingmar Reesing, Frits Scholten, Sasha Suda | English | hardcover | 12,5 x 18 cm | 690 pages | illustrated (774 color and b/w) | in conjunction with: Rijksmuseum

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