Small Wonders: Gothic Boxwood Miniatures

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The Met (Metropolitan Museum of Modern Art) in New York is world famous for the riches and rarities it regularly presents and this exhibition displays miniature carvings which are astounding for the level of detail they contain. Exhibition dates are Feb 22–May 21.

"Small in scale, yet teeming with life, miniature boxwood carvings have been a source of wonder since their creation in the Netherlands in the 16th century. On these intricately carved objects—some measuring a mere 50mm in diameter—the miracles and drama of the Bible unfold on a tiny stage. The execution of these prayer beads and diminutive altarpieces seems almost as miraculous as the stories they tell and, in this first exhibition of its kind, the wizardry of the carvers who created these precious panoramas is revealed. Nearly 50 of these tiny treasures will be featured in the exhibition Small Wonders: Gothic Boxwood Miniatures at The Met Cloisters, the branch of The Metropolitan Museum of Art dedicated to medieval art and architecture."

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