Communities of Christians, Muslims, and Jews lived side by side in Spain for centuries, creating vibrant artistic traditions that often intersected. For the first time since its inauguration at The Met Cloisters in 1961, the Fuentidueña Chapel gallery, which typically focuses on the Christian tradition, will present a group of works that testify to the diversity of Spanish medieval art. By telling a more nuanced story in this space, the exhibition will demonstrate the ease with which objects and artistic ideas transcended differences of belief. Placed in dialogue with each other, the silk textiles, ivory carvings, illuminated manuscripts, frescoes, and monumental sculptures featured in the show will reveal a dynamic, interconnected past that often mirrors the present.
Image: Pyxis, c. 950-975, Cordoba, Andalusia, Spain, The Cloisters Collection, 1970.324.5
Text: Abridged from the The Met Cloisters (click here for more information on the exhibition)
The Met is hosting two online events in conjunction with the exhibition:
22 September: Met Escapes—Spain, 1000–1200: Art at the Frontiers of Faith
23 September: Art History Study Group—Spain, 1000–1200: Art at the Frontiers of Faith
The exhibition is located in the Fuentidueña Chapel gallery, whose 12th-century apse was moved from the church of San Martín in Fuentidueña, Spain, and reconstructed at the Cloisters. Please click here for a documentary on the apse and its journey from Castile to New York.