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Born on This Day: Sophia Eleonore of Saxony (‘lover of books’)

Sophia Eleonore of Saxony (23 November 1609 – 2 June 1671) was a Duchess (Herzogin) of Saxony by birth. The daughter of John George I, Elector of Saxony and Magdalene Sibylle of Prussia, she was one of ten children. This charming wax portrait of her will be on display in the new Europe Galleries next year. Nothing is […]

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Twenty Objects for Twenty Years: Donatello, Virgin and Child, c.1435, Florence

This week’s object has been chosen by students on the Medieval and Renaissance Year Course, and is by the great Florentine sculptor Donatello (1386-1466).  It is an image of the Virgin and Child, by far the most common type of privately owned art object in this period.  Images such as this served as aids to […]

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