Private Prayer, Public Performance: Religious Books of the Later Middle Ages and Renaissance

January 29–July 31, 2013
Ripin Print Gallery

This exhibition features religious books made in Europe between 1250 and 1500, a time when books performed important religious functions in both individual and communal worship. For lay individuals, psalters or books of hours were the principal books of prayer, used to praise God and the saints, seek their protection, and ask forgiveness for sins. Priests used missals to celebrate the mass, while choir books, as their name suggests, were used by a liturgical choir performing religious music for the mass or the Divine Office. Showcasing books used for these different religious purposes, this exhibition complements Religion, Ritual and Performance in Renaissance Art in the Museum’s Stern Gallery. 

This exhibition was curated by Sara Green (OC 2012), curatorial assistant at the AMAM, and Associate Professor Erik Inglis of the Art Department.

Check out streaming audio from the AMAM and Oberlin Conservatory group Collegium Musicum Oberliniense here.

Leaf from a Book of Hours: Suffrage (St. Julian the Martyr), ca. 1420-30
Ink, tempera and gold leaf on parchment
Gift of Frederick Binkerd Artz, 1958.8