‘Madonna and Miracles’ is a major exhibition at the Fitzwilliam Musuem. The new exhibition reveals the central place of religion in the Italian Renaissance and how religious beliefs and practices were embedded in every aspect of domestic life.
The exhibition challenges the idea of the Renaissance as a time of increasing worldliness and secularization, the exhibition shows how the period’s intense engagement with material things went hand in hand with its devotional life.
A glittering array of sculptures and paintings, jewellery, ceramics, printed images and illustrated books bear witness to the role of domestic objects in sustaining and inspiring faith.
This exhibition is the result of four years of European-funded cross-disciplinary work carried out by the Italian Department, the Faculties of History, Architecture and History of Art at the University of Cambridge, and incorporates their latest research.
Displaying almost fifty objects from the Museum’s own collection, as well as over one hundred important loan works from Europe, the United States and Israel, ‘Madonnas and Miracles’ explores a series of interlinked themes: family life, the physical experience of prayer, the role of the saints, miracles, pilgrimage and religious reform.
Michael Grubb Studio worked closely with the Museum’s Design and Conservation team to deliver an impactful environment, whilst meeting strict light level requirements (50-100 Lux).