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Painted wooden sculpture of a standing young man reaching over his head to grab something from behind

Brought to Life: Painted Wood Sculpture from Europe, 1300-1700

September 16, 2022–August 6, 2023
This exhibition explores the fascinating history of European painted wood sculpture. “Brought to Life” aims to recreate the original experience of viewing these sculptures as alive. The application of paint and gold on carved wood contributes to their lifelike appearance. Embedded in these artistic choices is the function of the works to aid in prayer and meditation. Though their original appearance is now lost, the viewer is asked to imagine how these sculptures may have once looked. Image:"Saint Michael and the Dragon," 16th century