Choirs of Angels
Painting in Italian Choir Books, 1300–1500
November 25, 2008–April 12, 2009
More than two dozen leaves of the most splendid examples from the Museum's little-known collection of choral manuscript illuminations are on view. With jewel-like color and gold, these precious images—which include scenes of singing angels, Hebrew prophets, heroic saints, and Renaissance princes—spring from the unique, artful marriage of painting, text, and music. The Museum's collection includes works created for churches across Italy, from Florence to Venice, from Cremona to Naples, by some of the most celebrated painters of their day.