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Picture Books of the Past: Reading an Old Master Painting

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Daily, Now - September 30, 2020
From: 09:00 AM to 05:00 PM

Long before emojis, the medieval church used pictures as a tool to convey biblical stories and religious instruction. At a time when the Bible was available only to a privileged few, the church used the visual arts to teach the illiterate and to encourage spiritual devotion. Through the paintings of the Old Masters, ordinary people learned biblical content, theological concepts, inspirational stories (real and imagined) and ecclesiastical beliefs.

The paintings in this exhibition provide examples of visual imagery from the fourteenth to the nineteenth century, representing diverse cultures, varied languages and changing trends. Taken together, the works reveal a standardized visual language that was generally understood by the majority of Europe.

Event Location

Museum of the Bible
400 4th St. SW,
Washington, DC 20024
Southwest & The Wharf


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Admission: Included with museum admission


Posted by: Museum of the Bible