Age of Spirituality. Late Antique and Early Christian Art, Third to Seventh Century. Catalogue of the Exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, November 19, 1977, through February 12, 1978

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Kurt Weitzmann.


New York City, USA, 1977. xxxi, 16 pp. (pls.), 735 pp., illustrations: 16 col., 777 b&w, 28 × 21.7 cm. English.




Metropolitan Museum of Art (19 November 1977–12 February 1978)


A monumental, groundbreaking exhibition on the subject, with 450 objects lent by some 110 institutions and private lenders world-wide. Introduction by Kurt Weitzmann. Twenty scholarly essays expound upon the art and iconography of these works, which are grouped according to historical realm: the Imperial, the Classical, the Secular, the Jewish and the Christian. Bezalel Narkiss’ treatment of the “Jewish Realm” covers both representational art and architecture (pp. 366–394 and cat nos. 341–359). 599 detailed entries.

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AmuletsBet SheanBiblical imagesCoinsDura EuroposGaza MaiumasGold glassHammam LifHammat TiberiasMedalsOil lamps, ancientOssuaries/SarcophagiPilgrims’ flasks/jugsSynagogue furnitureSynagogues, architectureSynagogues, mosaic floorsVia Latina, catacombsVilla Torlonia, catacombs

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Age of Spirituality. Late Antique and Early Christian Art, Third to Seventh Century, New York, 1977. Abbreviated coverage of the exhibition. Introduction by Kurt Weitzmann. Texts by Margaret English Frazer. Reduced version of Bezalel Narkiss’ “The Jewish Realm”, pp. 58–59, and cat. nos. 53 & 54. Detailed descriptions of 84 items.

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