barber institute of fine arts
university of birmingham


The Art of Devotion: Sacred Illuminations, Prints, and Drawings

Throughout the medieval and early modern periods, decoding the mysteries of the Bible and the Gospels was an alluring and profitable enterprise for European artists and patrons.

The demand for devotional material required innovation by the artists – to create new and varied art in a changing artistic landscape. According to legend, Luke the Evangelist painted a portrait of the Virgin Mary from life, which led medieval painters to envisage themselves as anointed illustrators of the divine.

Presenting fascinating illuminations on vellum, woodcuts and ‘intaglio’ prints, this display spans the exuberant artistic worlds of Italy, the Netherlands, and Germany.

Gérard, Marguerite (1761-1837)

The Reader

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Celebrating 75 years with Carolyn Sampson and Joseph Middleton

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Selection of Barber Concerts Posters

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Concerts Programmes 1945/46

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