The Virgin and Child with the Archangels Michael and Gabriel (detail), from a Gospel book, about 1480-1520, Gunda Gunde Monastery, Ethiopia, unknown artist. The J. Paul Getty Museum

Traversing the Globe through Illuminated Manuscripts


North Pavilion, Plaza Level

Embark on a kaleidoscopic journey through the Middle Ages and the Renaissance to consider how illuminated manuscripts and other portable objects—like ceramics, textiles, glassworks, gems, and sculptures—contributed to one's outlook on the world in Europe, Africa, Asia, and the early Americas. Drawn primarily from the Getty’s collection of illuminated manuscripts, with complementary loans from collections across Los Angeles, the exhibition presents stunning and at times surprising images and a range of ideas about exploration, exotic pursuits, and cross-cultural exchanges in the then-known world.

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