Illuminating Faith: The Eucharist in Medieval Life and Art at Morgan Library & Museum
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Featuring nearly sixty-five exquisitely illuminated manuscripts from France, Italy, and the Netherlands in the Morgan's collections, this exhibition will illustrate the Eucharist's powerful and sometimes cult-like hold on medieval life and medieval imagination. The bread and wine of Communion were understood to be the transubstantiated body and blood of Christ and were central to the culture of the Middle Ages. The exhibition begins with the institution of the Eucharist by Jesus at the Last Supper and continues to the arresting phenomena of miraculously bleeding wafers.
Venue Description: The Morgan Library & Museum began as the private library of financier Pierpont Morgan, one of the foremost collectors and cultural benefactors in the United States. In this complex of buildings in the heart of New York City, Morgan had begun to assemble a collection of illuminated, literary, and historical manuscripts, early printed books, and old master drawings and prints as early as 1890. Dedicated to fostering a greater knowledge, understanding, and appreciation of primarily Western history and culture, this educational institution records and reflects achievements of European and American literature, music, art, and history. In an Italian Renaissance-style palazzo with three magnificent rooms epitomizing America's Age of Elegance, The Morgan Library includes a new performance hall, a welcoming entrance on Madison Avenue, a new café and a new restaurant, a gift shop, a new reading room, and collections storage. Still one of America's premier institutions, The Morgan Library & Museum has continued to acquire rare materials as well as important music manuscripts, early children's books, Americana, and materials from the twentieth century, all open to public, fulfilling Pierpont Morgan's dream of making the library and its treasures available to scholars and the patrons alike. The Morgan Library & Museum is located at 225 Madison Avenue at 36th Street and is open Tuesday through Thursday 10:30am- 5pm, Fridays 10:30am- 9pm, Saturdays 10am-6pm, and Sundays 11am-6pm. The Morgan is closed on Mondays, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and New Year's Day. It closes at 4pm on Christmas and New Year's Eve. Admission to The Morgan is $12 for adults, $8 for children (under 16), $8 for seniors (65 and over), and $8 for students (with current ID). Admission to The Morgan is free for children 12 and under (must be accompanied by an adult), and is free on Fridays from 7pm- 9pm. Admission to the McKim rooms is without charge during the following times Tuesdays 3- 5pm; Fridays 7-9pm; and Sundays 4-6pm. Admission is not required to visit the Morgan Shop and Morgan Dining Room.
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