St. Barbara

Martin Schongauer, (German, 1450–1491): "Saint Barbara" (detail), c. 1480/90; Engraving; ink on paper; 3 15/16 h x 2 1/4 w (inches); The College of Wooster Art Museum 1968.1828, The John Taylor Arms Print Collection, Gift of Ward M. and Mariam C. Canaday



Saints, Relics, and Images: The Art of Medieval Devotion

April 17–May 13, 2018
Burton D. Morgan Gallery

Opening Reception & Gallery Talks
Tuesday, April 17
6:30‑8:00 p.m.
Gallery talks by student curators at 7:00 p.m.

Throughout the Middle Ages saints served as exemplars of faith. From their position in the Court of Heaven, they interacted with the corporal world, their power made manifest in their bodily remains and associated possessions tucked into parish altars and revealed in distant pilgrimage destinations. Medieval Christians believed that spiritual illumination could be achieved through material splendor and artistic craftsmanship. As such, golden processional crosses, carved ivory pendants, illuminated manuscripts, painted icons, and bejeweled reliquaries transported worshippers in their devotions enabling interaction with the holy dead.

       As part of Associate Professor of Art History Kara Morrow’s Medieval Art seminar, Saints, Relics, and Images is a student-curated exhibition. Lenders to the exhibition include the Kruizenga Art Museum, Hope College; Loyola University Museum of Art; Special Collections, The College of Wooster Libraries; Wright Museum of Art, Beloit College; and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Art Collection.

 Student Curators

  • Mackenzie Clark ’19
  • Caroline Click ’18
  • Kathryn Connors ’18
  • Ilaria Crum ’19
  • Helena Enders ’18
  • Presley Feezell ’19
  • Marissa Hamm ’19
  • Grace Hodges ’18
  • Ellie Howell ‘19
  • Laurén Kozlowski ’20
  • David Morrow ’19
  • Emma Petasis ’18
  • Fiona Powell ’19
  • Myra Praml ’19
  • Lilly Woerner ’21
  • Adria Woodruff ‘20