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The Medieval collections tell the colourful story of early European art and culture from the decline of the Roman Empire to the dawn of the Renaissance (300 – about 1500). The collection is outstanding in its range and depth, bringing together treasures of sacred and secular art from around Europe.

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Highlights of the collection include an early 12th-century ewer in the form of a griffin from Germany, and an equally rare surviving English iron helmet, or sallet, that may have seen action in the Wars of the Roses (1455 – 1485).

Collection Highlights

Sallet, 1460 – 90, England
October, roundel, about 1480, Norwich, England
The Gloucester Candlestick, 1107 – 1113, England
Griffin Ewer, about 1120, Germany
diptych leaf
The Symmachi Panel, diptych leaf, late 4th or early 5th century, Rome, Italy
Altarpiece with 45 Scenes of the Apocalypse, made by Master Bertram, about 1400, Hamburg, Germany
oil painting
Virgin and Child, oil painting, by Carlo Crivelli, about 1480, Italy
The Dead Christ (on the Cross), crucifix, about 1250, Tuscany, Italy
The Becket Casket, about 1180 – 1190, Limoges, France