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Art From Us MUSEUM GUIDE : The Metropolitan Museum of Art : Gallery 306

The MET : Gallery 306 : Medieval Treasury

Art From Us, Museum Guide #579

Art From Us presents a must-see Museum Guide daily, where we showcase specific artworks in specific museums – from across the globe. Today, for Art From Us, Museum Guide #579 the spotlight is on the Metropolitan Museum of Art (the MET) NY’s Gallery 306. Showcasing a collection of Medieval Treasury.

The three works in focus are :

  1. Virgin and Child with Cradle, from ca 1350 – 1400.
  2. Octagonal Box, from 15th century.
  3. Entombment of Christ, ca. 1515.

The significance of the 3 works chosen for Art From Us, Museum Guide #579

Welcome to the Art From Us, Museum Guide #579.

The 3 objects chosen today, like the other objects belonging to the Metropolitan Museum of Art : Gallery 306 belong to the Medieval era. The gallery contains religious and biblical artefacts, in addition to housing everyday objects. It is of interest to note that the objects chosen today originate from different countries – namely France, Spain and Germany.

Since the objects chosen today also allude to the routine life of people in Medieval Europe, we would like to continue our discussion from yesterday in Art From Us, Museum Guide #578. Here are a few more facts about the lifestyle and ideologies of people in the Middle Ages :

Religion

While the Middle Ages saw the rise and spread of Catholicism and rise in the power of the Catholic Church, it would be wrong to say that all citizens of the state were devout catholics or even religious. Yes, even in the Middle ages there were atheists who strongly believed that the body was merely flesh and blood and that humans were the keepers and deciders of their own destiny.

Marriage

Marriages in Church and with a priest were apparently popularised as late as the 12th century. Prior to this, people would simply get married through consent and with the presence of a witness.

Politics and Voting

While there was no concept of national elections at the time, local elections were already being held in parts of France and Italy. Women of course, could neither stand for elections, nor vote.

To know more about life in the Middle Ages, we encourage you to visit Gallery 306.


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