“A Feast for the Senses: Art and Experience in Medieval Europe”

Oct. 16-Jan. 8, 2017

Medieval Europe was so wacky: the Roman Empire fell, the Renaissance started, a lot of people colonized a lot of lands and caused irreparable harm, the Crusades happened, and then the Black Plague killed something like a third of all of Europe. There were also, duh, so many advancements and discoveries in the world of the arts, architecture, and material culture. In this new exhibit at the Walters, organized with the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art in Sarasota, the curators relish the ways that senses can enhance art, and the ways that objects and artifacts from the late medieval period—such as ivories, tapestries, paintings, stained glass, and more—can “trigger sensate experience” in the viewer. The Walters Art Museum, 600 N. Charles St., (410) 547-9000, thewalters.org, free. (Rebekah Kirkman)

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