Calvary carved out of history

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17 April 2014

© Conway Library, Courtauld Institute

Trinitarian:The Trinity in a quatrefoil, left wing of a diptych, elephant ivory, northern France, c.1325-50. The central part of the composition is dominated by the enthroned God the Father, supporting the cross.The dove of the Holy Spirit is seen flying in a curve from the mouth of the Father to the head of the Son. They are flanked by Mary on the left, and St John on the right. At the foot of the cross, a small figure of Adam rises from his tomb, collecting Christ's blood in a large chalice

Trinitarian:The Trinity in a quatrefoil, left wing of a diptych, elephant ivory, northern France, c.1325-50. The central part of the composition is ...

IN 1966, Mark Gambier-Parry bequeathed to the Courtauld Gallery in London the eclectic art collection formed by his grandfather - the distinguished collector and Gothic Revival artist Thomas Gambier-Parry, who was heir to a family fortune made through the East India company.

Besides important paintings, Renaissance glass and ceramics, and Islamic metalwork, the collection included 28 medieval and Renaissance ivories. Since 1967, about half of the ivories have been on permanent display at the Courtauld; and yet few people know of them.

Professor John Lowden, who teaches art history at the Courtauld Institute, has now compiled a complete catalogue of the ivories, Medieval and Later Ivories in the Courtauld Gallery. Among these ivories are exquisite carvings depicting scenes from the Gospels.

 

Medieval and Later Ivories in the Courtauld Gallery: Complete catalogue by John Lowden is published by the Courtauld Gallery in association with Paul Holberton Publishing at £40 (Church Times Bookshop £36); 978-1-907372-60-5.

 

 

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