Medieval English Alabaster on View at TMA

8.30.2011

Artist unknown. Panel of the Assumption of the Virgin, later 15th century. Alabaster, 16 3/8 x 10 1/2 inches. On loan from the Victoria and Albert Museum, London. Image courtesy of the Victoria and Albert Museum

Artist unknown. Panel of the Trinity, late 15th century. Alabaster, 28 x 13 1/2 inches. On loan from the Victoria and Albert Museum, London. Image courtesy of the Victoria and Albert Museum

The Tyler Museum of Art is pleased to announce the opening of Object of Devotion: Medieval English Alabaster Sculpture from the Victoria and Albert Museum on view September 4 through November 13, 2011 at the TMA. This is the only scheduled stop in the southwestern region of the United States for this touring exhibition.

The 60 alabaster panels and free-standing figures in the exhibition are drawn from the world’s largest collection of medieval alabasters, that of the Victoria & Albert Museum in London. Dramatic, and intricately crafted, these pieces are some of the finest examples of the elegant, yet, neglected art form of alabaster sculpture.

The sixty prime examples, including a complete set of panels from an altarpiece, have been carefully selected for this exhibition, representing all the major types produced by English sculptors.

The exhibition is organized and circulated by Art Services International, Alexandria, Virginia. This exhibition is supported by a grant from The Samuel H. Kress Foundation. His Excellency Sir Nigel Sheinwald, Ambassador of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland to the United States of America, is Honorary Patron of the exhibition. All images provided courtesy of the Victoria and Albert Museum, London.

Exhibition Support

Exhibition support for the presentation in Tyler has been generously provided by Lead Sponsor, Amy and Vernon Faulconer. Underwriter is Dr. Harold and Eleanor Cameron. Patrons are Dorothy and Ben Bridges. Friends are Rebecca and Gregg Davis, Frances and Tommy Swann, Agnes and Frank Ward, and Caroline King Wylie. Collectors’ Circle Sponsors are Julietta Jarvis Foundation, Inc., Bette King, Robert M. Rogers Foundation and The A.W. Riter Family Foundation. Friend is Shogun. Corporate Member Sponsors are Hibbs-Hallmark & Company, KYTX-CBS 19, Sunny 106.5, The Ranch 104.1, and Greg Strnadel & Wells Fargo Advisors.