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 35 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.
The exhibition was organized by the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, and is made possible by The David Berg Foundation. It is supported by an indemnity from the Federal Council on the Arts and the Humanities.