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The treasury of Basel Cathedral

Author: Timothy Husband; Julien Chapuis; Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, N.Y.); Historisches Museum Basel.
Publisher: New York : Metropolitan Museum of Art ; [New Haven, CT] : Yale University Press, ©2001.
Series: Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Reliquary crosses of gold, enameled and bejeweled; censers, chalices, and altar furnishings of engraved silver; reliquaries in the shape of caskets, figures, and in imitation of the human form; exquisite textiles; and Eucharistic vessels, some towering over three feet in height - these are merely a sampling of the sumptuous works collected in this illustrated volume and in the exhibition that it accompanies.  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Tentoonstellingscatalogi (vorm)
Exhibitions
Expositions
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Timothy Husband; Julien Chapuis; Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, N.Y.); Historisches Museum Basel.
ISBN: 0870999761 9780870999765 0300088493 9780300088496 0870999788 9780870999789
OCLC Number: 45393758
Notes: Catalog of an exhibition held at the Metropolitan Museum of Art from February 28 through May 27 and at the Historisches Museum Basel from July 13 through October 31, 2001.
Description: xiv, 182 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 29 cm
Contents: A brief history of Basel up to the Reformation / Julien Chapuis --
The construction of Basel Cathedral: an overview / Timothy Husband --
A treasure in Basel / Julien Chapuis --
Dormant then divided, dispersed and reunited / Timothy Husband --
Catalogue / Timothy Husband --
Introduction --
Ottonian and Romanesque treasury --
Liturgical objects --
Procession and ceremony --
Reliquaries: caskets and crosses --
Figural reliquaries --
Reliquaries in imitation of the human form --
Relics sacred and profane --
Gifts to the saints --
Gifts to the treasure --
Treasures lost and found, reproduced and reinvented --
Monstances --
Private reliquaries --
Tower monstrances.
Series Title: Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Responsibility: Timothy Husband with contributions by Julien Chapuis.

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"Reliquary crosses of gold, enameled and bejeweled; censers, chalices, and altar furnishings of engraved silver; reliquaries in the shape of caskets, figures, and in imitation of the human form; exquisite textiles; and Eucharistic vessels, some towering over three feet in height - these are merely a sampling of the sumptuous works collected in this illustrated volume and in the exhibition that it accompanies. Spanning the Ottonian period up to the Reformation, these dazzling objects served the cult on the high altar of Basel Cathedral from the eleventh to the sixteenth century. Tangible evidence of episcopal power, they unified the clergy and the population of Basel, as they were prominently featured in the many processions dictated by the Church calendar." "Over half of the works in the catalogue now reside in the Historisches Museum Basel (the co-organizer of this exhibition) and the others were borrowed from European public collections and churches; most of them have never been shown before in the United States. Each of the more than seventy-five examples is fully discussed and illustrated in color, in entries augmented by relevant bibliographic references and provenance histories. The four introductory essays examine the history of Basel in this period; the construction of the cathedral and its consecration by Emperor Heinrich II in 1019; the formation of the Treasury, through commissions and gifts; and the vicissitudes of the Treasury's existence, its eventual dissolution, and the remarkable story of its reconstitution. They were written by Timothy Husband, curator in the Department of Medieval Art and The Cloisters, who is responsible for the concept of the exhibition in New York and is the author of the catalogue entries, and Julien Chapuis, assistant curator in the Department of Medieval Art and The Cloisters. A selected bibliography and an index complete this visually splendid and scholarly presentation."--Jacket.

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