Jerusalem 1000–1400: Every People Under Heaven at The Met Fifth Avenue, September 26, 2016 – January 8, 2017
“This exhibition illuminates the key role that the Holy City played in shaping the art of the period from 1000 to 1400. While Jerusalem is often described as a city of three faiths, that formulation underestimates its fascinating complexity. In fact, the city was home to multiple cultures, faiths, and languages. History records harmonious and dissonant voices of people from many lands, passing in the narrow streets of a city not much larger than midtown Manhattan. This is the first exhibition to unravel the various cultural traditions and aesthetic strands that enriched and enlivened the medieval city.
Over 200 works of art are gathered from some 60 lenders worldwide. Nearly a quarter of the objects come from Jerusalem, including key loans from its religious communities, some of which have never before shared their treasures outside their walls. Jerusalem 1000–1400: Every People Under Heaven bears witness to the crucial role that the city has played in shaping world culture, a lesson vital to our common history.” — The Met Fifth Avenue
Map of the Holy Land. From Chronica majora, vol. I. Saint Albans, England, ca. 1240 – 53. Written and illustrated by Matthew Paris (ca. 1200 – 1259). Opaque watercolor and ink on parchment; 151 fols. 14¼ × 9¾ in. (36.2 × 24.8 cm). Corpus Christi College, University of Cambridge.
Jewish Wedding Ring. Germany, first half of the 14th century. Gold. H. 1⅞ in. (4.8 cm), W. 1 in. (2.5 cm), D. 1 in. (2.5 cm). Thüringisches Landesamt für Denkmalpflege und Archäologie, Weimar. Image: Thüringisches Landesamt für Denkmalpflege und Archäologie (photograph by B. Stefan).
Goblet of Charlemagne. Glass: Syria, second half of the 12th century; mount: France, 13th – 14th century. Glass with gold and enamel; gilded silver. H. 9½ in. (24 cm). Musée des Beaux-Arts, Chartres. Image: Cliché Musée des Beaux-Arts de Chartres.
Incense Box. Egypt or Syria, 14th century. Brass, gold, silver, and black compound. H. 2⅞ in. (7.5 cm), Diam. 4½ in. (11.5 cm). Museum of Islamic Art, Doha. Image: The Museum of Islamic Art, Doha.
Gospel Book. Sis, Cilicia (present-day Turkey), 1346. Written by Nerses, a priest, and the scribe; illuminated by Sargis Pidzak. Text: tempera, gold, and ink on paper; illuminations tipped into the text: on parchment; 276 folios. 6¾ × 4¾ in. (17 × 12 cm). Armenian Patriarchate, Jerusalem.
Hebrew Bible. Catalonia (present-day Spain), first quarter of the 14th century. Tempera, gold, and ink on parchment; 500 folios. 15½ × 11½ in. (39.4 × 29.2 cm). Jay and Jeannie Schottenstein, Columbus.
The exhibition is a collaborative partnership between Barbara Drake Boehm, the Paul and Jill Ruddock Senior Curator for The Met Cloisters, and Melanie Holcomb, Curator, Department of Medieval Art and The Cloisters.