Object of Devotion Enters Its Final Week

After a four month run, the sun is setting on Object of Devotion: Medieval English Alabaster Sculpture from the Victoria and Albert Museum. MOA patrons have through Saturday, November 10 to catch the exhibition before it travels to its next stop at the Huntsville Museum of Art in Alabama.

Dawn Phaysey, curator of the exhibition, said, “It really is a powerful exhibition both visually and conceptually.”

These pieces were created with one specific purpose in mind — to teach. Though times have changed since the Middle Ages, patrons may still take inspiration from the sculptures aesthetic and moral values.

During its run, the exhibition was the focus of several museum events. Its opening attracted more than 350 community members, including students, faculty, parents, children, and seniors. In September, Dr. Charlotte Stanford lectured on the use and content of the alabaster sculptures. Object of Devotion was also the subject of the MOA s October First Friday. At that event, the sculptures became a creative point of departure for choreographers and dancers from the BYU contemporary dance program.

Featuring sixty alabaster panels and free-standing figures, these objects are drawn from the world s largest collection of medieval alabasters—the Victoria & Albert Museum in London.  The exhibition s sixty prime examples, including a complete set of panels from an altarpiece, have been carefully selected to represent the works produced by English alabaster sculptors spanning the years from 1380 through the 1400s—the zenith of alabaster production—and continuing until the Reformation. Click here to learn more about the exhibition.