Browse Exhibits (20 total)

Legendary Dragons


One of 5 original predella panels on the life of Saint Sylvester, the panel at the Philadelphia Museum of Art depicts a scene in which Sylvester binds the mouth of a dragon to move spectators to christian conversion (8). Painted in Florence around 1380-1390 AD, it was originally was part of an altarpiece predella. Not much is known about the actual Saint Sylvester and what one can glean through his legend seems to be quite embellished. His significance to be included in the Golden Legend stems from his papacy of the christian church during the pivotal conversion of Constantine, leading to the legalization of Christianity throughout the Roman Empire in 313 BC (5). His encounter with the dragon, towards the end of the story, demonstrates the climax of his sainthood as a more symbolic confrontation of christianity’s triumph over the evil of the devil, as dragons were strong symbols of the devil and a physical manifestation of evil in medieval culture.

Bryn's Saint Barbara Board Game: Triptych Showing Scenes from the Martyrdom of Saint Barbara and Scenes from the Life of Christ

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In this Exhibit we will explore the role of Saint Barbara and her importance of martyrdom in juxtoposition to the Christ using a modern day Board Game.

Virgin and Child Enthroned and Donor, Angels


Virgin and Child Enthroned and Donor, Angels

John the Baptist in Medieval stained glass

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The reconstrucion of a 15th century triple composite window depicting the life of John the Baptistin a medieval style.


Gender and Worship in the Middle Ages

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Castle Hours #3: Woman of Sorrows

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This exhibit explores the representations of Jesus Christ's gender in medieval art and reimagines Jesus as a woman. Woman of Sorrows acts as the artist's statement for the final reinterpretation of an illustration of the Passion from a 15th century book of hours. 

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The Blacksmith-47

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Abbot Suger and His Chalice


The Chalice of Abbot Suger reflects his passion for patronage, beautiful objects, iconography, and international design. 

Book of Hours Artist's Statement


A Mother and Her Son


The goal of the exhibit is to compare different images of Mary and Jesus together during around the same time period and location in addition to understanding how the artist came to understand the scene and the two subjects in the work. When beginning this project, the intention was to compare the broken body of Jesus in Christ in the Tomb with the Virgin with other works with similar images of Jesus’ body. But to understand the image, Jesus is only half of the meaning of the work and what makes the piece different is that Mary is included in this image of Jesus in the Tomb. Therefore, this project will focus on the representation of Jesus’ relationship with his mother.