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Gothic Spirit: Medieval Art from Europe

 

 

Luhring Augustine is pleased to partner with London-based gallery Sam Fogg to present Gothic Spirit: Medieval Art from Europe, opening in Luhring Augustine’s Chelsea flagship on January 25, 2020. The world’s leading dealer in the art of the European Middle Ages, Sam Fogg has for the past thirty years mounted ground-breaking exhibitions that challenge and redefine perceptions of Medieval and Renaissance art. Following Of Earth and Heaven, the acclaimed 2018 collaborative exhibition between the two galleries, Gothic Spirit will present for the first time in a contemporary context roughly thirty masterpieces that are among the finest Medieval art to be found in private hands. The exhibition will be on view through March 7, 2020 and is accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue.

 

Exhibition highlights include a massive pair of Romanesque marble lions supporting eight-foot columns on their backs, believed to have been carved at the beginning of the thirteenth-century for the Cathedral of Reggio Emilia in Northern Italy. Another pair from the same building is now in the Cloisters Collection at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, making this occasion the first time in nearly two hundred years that the set is reunited in the same city. A golden orb made in the 1170s to crown a monumental reliquary shrine in the chapel of Saint Ursula in Cologne will be among a group of exquisite treasury objects on view. It represents a completely new discovery, having been removed by the city’s Napoleonic occupiers in around 1800, and is now recognized as a missing fragment from one of the earliest and most impressive shrines of its type. A monumental stained-glass window depicting a lavishly dressed donatrix kneeling before two female saints represents a significant and rare example of female patronage from the Middle Ages. It was made for one of the richest churches of Cologne in the late 1520s and has endured five hundred years of iconoclasm, war, and neglect in almost pristine condition.

 

The exhibition also features two limewood works: a nearly life-sized sculpture of a grieving Virgin, carved in a French workshop around 1150 and later acquired by William Waldorf Astor for Hever Castle, and a relief by the German Renaissance sculptor Hans Leinberger, carved as part of a famous performative and didactic sculpture called the Landshut Marianum in circa 1516-18.  Another remarkable piece is a painting of the Nativity created circa 1430 by the single most important proponent of Viennese painting.

 

Gothic Spirit will be presented in conjunction with a one-day conference, Restoring the Past: Destruction, Restoration and Preservation of Medieval Art and Architecture, on Saturday, January 25, 10:30am – 6pm at the SVA Theatre, 333 West 23rd Street, New York. Inspired by the issues surrounding the efforts to restore the cathedral of Notre Dame, Paris and its treasures, this conference will focus on the past, present, and future of restoration in an attempt to examine the enduring life of Medieval art from its creation in the Middle Ages to today.

 

The conference is free and open to the public, but advance booking is essential to secure a place. Guests should RSVP to rsvp@luhringaugustine.com to reserve a seat. The event will include a morning coffee service and an evening drinks reception. For more information about the conference please visit here.

Artworks

Christ on the Cold Stone, c. 1490
The Virgin and Child, c. 1330
Sigmund Gleismüller (active in Landshut, 1474-1505)
Sigmund Gleismüller (active in Landshut, 1474-1505)
Giovan Domenico D'Auria (active c. 1550-1573)
Workshop of Anselmo Da Campione
Workshop of Anselmo Da Campione
Luca Della Robbia (Florence, 1399/1400-1482)
Gregorio di Lorenzo (doc. 1455-1495)
Gregorio di Lorenzo (doc. 1455-1495)
Circle of Michel Erhart (c. 1445–1522)
Circle of Michel Erhart (c. 1445–1522)
Carved by a Flemish sculptor active in Castile
Carved by a Flemish sculptor active in Castile
Hans Süss von Kulmbach (c. 1485-1522)
A monumental wrought-iron pedestal, 15th century
A monumental wrought-iron pedestal, 15th century
Hans Leinberger (c. 1485-1535)
The Astor Virgin, c. 1150
Master of the St. Lambrecht Votive Panel
A wild man chandelier (Lustermännchen), c. 1525–50
Sebastián de Almonacid (1460-1526?)
Sebastián de Almonacid (1460-1526?)
A massive capital with human figures tormented by winged serpents, c. 1100-30
A large cassone, c. 1500
The Masters of the Gold Scrolls
Simon Bening (1483-1561)
The Foljambe Hours, second half of the 15th century
The Wodhull-Harberton-Master, the Houghton Master, and other artists
Jean Bourdichon (c. 1457/8-1521)
Tapestry with scenes of the Passion, c. 1480
Tapestry with scenes of the Passion, c. 1480
Moses and the Brazen Serpent, from a large typological cross, c. 1160
An enamelled orb from the Shrine of Saint Ursula, c. 1170
A gilded bronze corpus of Christ Triumphant, c. 1200
A gilded bronze corpus of Christ Triumphant, c. 1200, Detail
Sogdian Artisans in Tibet
Leoben Workshop A stained-glass window of Saint Barbara, c. 1400
Saints Margaret and Elizabeth presenting a female donor, c. 1525–30
Saints Margaret and Elizabeth presenting a female donor, c. 1525–30, Detail
Two stained-glass roundels depicting children’s games, c. 1450
Workshop of Baldassare Embriachi (active 1390–1409)
Workshop of Baldassare Embriachi (active 1390–1409)
An enamelled gemellion with a horse and rider, second half of the 13th century
An enamelled casket showing the Crucifixion, c. 1200
An enamelled casket showing the Crucifixion, c. 1200
An enamelled reliquary casket with figures of angels, c. 1220-40
An enamelled reliquary casket with figures of angels, c. 1220-40

Installation Views

Gothic Spirit: Medieval Art from Europe, In association with Sam Fogg, London
Gothic Spirit: Medieval Art from Europe, In association with Sam Fogg, London
Gothic Spirit: Medieval Art from Europe, In association with Sam Fogg, London
Gothic Spirit: Medieval Art from Europe, In association with Sam Fogg, London
Gothic Spirit: Medieval Art from Europe, In association with Sam Fogg, London
Gothic Spirit: Medieval Art from Europe, In association with Sam Fogg, London
Gothic Spirit: Medieval Art from Europe, In association with Sam Fogg, London
Gothic Spirit: Medieval Art from Europe, In association with Sam Fogg, London
Gothic Spirit: Medieval Art from Europe, In association with Sam Fogg, London
Gothic Spirit: Medieval Art from Europe, In association with Sam Fogg, London
Gothic Spirit: Medieval Art from Europe, In association with Sam Fogg, London
Gothic Spirit: Medieval Art from Europe, In association with Sam Fogg, London
Gothic Spirit: Medieval Art from Europe, In association with Sam Fogg, London
Gothic Spirit: Medieval Art from Europe, In association with Sam Fogg, London
Gothic Spirit: Medieval Art from Europe, In association with Sam Fogg, London
Gothic Spirit: Medieval Art from Europe, In association with Sam Fogg, London

Video

 

Restoring the Past: Destruction, Restoration, and Preservation of Medieval Art and Architecture

Sam Fogg and Luhring Augustine at the SVA Theatre 
January 25, 2020

 

Session 1

 

Restoring the Past: Destruction, Restoration, and Preservation of Medieval Art and Architecture

Sam Fogg and Luhring Augustine at the SVA Theatre 
January 25, 2020

 

Session 2

 

Restoring the Past: Destruction, Restoration, and Preservation of Medieval Art and Architecture

Sam Fogg and Luhring Augustine at the SVA Theatre 
January 25, 2020

 

Session 2

Contact

For more information about the exhibition, please contact Rana Saner at 212.206.9100 or rana@luhringaugustine.com

 

For press requests, please contact:

Resnicow and Associates

Megan Ardery / Sarah McNaughton / Christina Ludgood

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