There is still time left for those fortunate enough to have access to The Getty Center in Los Angeles, through Feb. 2, 2014, for a unique opportunity to see the exhibition “Canterbury and St. Albans: Treasures from Church and Cloister.”
The Cathedral at Canterbury was founded in 597, in the county of Kent – which is often referred to as “The Garden of England,” in the far southeast not far from the city of London.
The region has been occupied since the Paleolithic period – the “Old Stone Age” – when according to an article in National Geographic News — humans not only were able to gather food and firewood — and the makings for their clothing, their shelters and their tools, there were also the first signs of their observing ceremonial rituals on the occasions of birth and death, documented hrough cave paintings and other art forms such as carved objects, and ornamental ‘jewelry.’
Among others in the ‘Discovering Books” series for collectors, John Harries notes in his “Discovering Stained Glass,” that the earliest references for stained glass in British monasteries and churches date from 675 AD, and that there were numerous other examples of colored glass and lead documented, that were also dating from the 7th Century.
This exhibition features six nearly life-sized figures dating from the 12th Century; and they are in a setting meant to simulate natural lighting. These six extraordinary figures are among several others in the Canterbury Cathedral that depict the “Ancestors of Christ.”
Also featured in this “Canterbury and St. Albans: Treasures from Church and Cloister.” exhibition are several temporarily-unbound illuminated pages of the St. Albans Psalter on loan from the Cathedral Library of St. Godehard in Hildesheim, in northern Germany.
The director of the J. Paul Getty Museum, Timothy Potts explains:
“It is a unique privilege to be able to exhibit these two masterpieces of medieval English art in Los Angeles, Both dating to the twelfth century, the magnificent monumental, stained-glass Ancestors of Christ from Canterbury Cathedral and the intimate images of biblical subjects in the St. Albans Psalter complement each other perfectly at the highest level of technical and artistic achievement. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for anyone interested in medieval art—and especially for those who do not yet know that they are!”
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