Tales of Transfer: Globalization and Dissemination of Ideas in The Middle Ages

This is a gallery curated by the CB 51 section that meets on Fridays at 11 am.

This exhibition destabilizes the myth of a static, insular, and provincial Middle Ages through a diverse selection of objects drawn from different periods and places of origin. Each object on display tells it own story of cultural exchange, from the mass-produced, whose modes of construction encourage their dissemination, to the meticulously handcrafted, whose designs incorporate elements from myriad sources. In an effort to visualize the vast reach of medieval material culture, we will create a map, displaying not only the various provenances of the objects in the exhibition, but also the places these objects traveled and the locations that influenced their making.


Boston Museum of Fine Arts, the Harvard Art Museums, British Museum