Thursday, May 31 marked the opening of the Museum’s latest exhibition, Object of Devotion: Medieval English Alabaster Sculpture from the Victoria and Albert Museum.
The opening attracted more than 350 community members, including students, faculty, parents, children, and seniors.
Within the gallery, visitors examined alabaster altarpieces dating back to the fourteenth century and hobnobbed with Museum curators, who provided additional insight into the historical and artistic significance of the artwork.
For some, the exhibition even provided a gateway to faith-building experiences.
“At first they were simply cool, old pieces of art,” said Aaron Taylor, one of the attendees. “Then I started thinking about the artists, the original owners, and the worshippers, and I was struck by the devotion of these characters and the relationships with their God and their art. The Spirit came as I considered my own relationships with God and art.”
Outside the gallery, student educators—dressed in period costume—treated attendees to light refreshments while other groups provided further entertainment. The BYU Medieval Club delighted visitors with choreographed Renaissance dancing and taught simpler dances to the attendees. Further augmenting the ambiance, a live group of musicians played period music on replica medieval recorders.
See more pictures from the event at the museum’s Facebook page.
Object of Devotion: Medieval English Alabaster Sculpture from the Victoria and Albert Museum will be open until November 10, 2012.