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Medieval Bologna: Art for a University City

Presented by Frist Art Museum at Frist Art Museum, Nashville TN

Nov 05 2021
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Jan 30 2022
Medieval Bologna: Art for a University City

This is the first museum exhibition in the United States to focus on medieval art made in the northern Italian city of Bologna. Home to the oldest university in Europe, Bologna fostered a unique artistic culture at the end of the Middle Ages. With its large population of sophisticated readers, the city became the preeminent center of manuscript production south of the Alps and it helped bring about a revolution in the medieval book trade. Manuscripts circulated in a thriving market of scribes, illuminators, booksellers, and customers operating mostly outside traditional monastic scriptoria. The university initially specialized in law, and many law books were illuminated in Bologna with brightly colored scenes. University professors enjoyed high social status and were buried in impressive stone tombs carved with classroom scenes.

The approximately 70 objects in the exhibition span from the mid-1200s to 1400, from the first great flowering of manuscript illumination in Bologna to the beginnings of the construction and decoration of the ambitious Basilica of San Petronio in the city’s Piazza Maggiore. 

The exhibition will be accompanied by a catalogue with seven essays, and, while it is on view, the Frist Art Museum will host the Andrew Ladis Memorial Trecento Conference, a biannual event that brings together historians of medieval and Renaissance art from around the world.

Organized by the Frist Art Museum

Supported in part by grants from:
Samuel H. Kress Foundation (exhibition and catalogue)
Robert Lehman Foundation (exhibition)
NEA Artworks (exhibition, programming, and catalogue)
The Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation (catalogue)

Image: Nerio (Bologna, active late 13th and early 14th centuries). Cutting from a Choir Book (antiphonary): Easter Scenes (in initial A), ca. 1320. Tempera, gold, and ink on parchment, 9 3/8 x 9 3/8 in. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Rogers Fund, 1912, 12.56.1

Source: Frist Art Museum

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INDIVIDUAL DATES & TIMES*

  • Nov 5, 2021 at 10:00 am - 09:00 pm (Fri)
  • Nov 6, 2021 at 10:00 am - 05:30 pm (Sat)
  • Nov 7, 2021 at 01:00 pm - 05:30 pm (Sun)
  • Nov 8, 2021 at 10:00 am - 05:30 pm (Mon)
  • Nov 9, 2021 at 10:00 am - 05:30 pm (Tue)
  • Nov 10, 2021 at 10:00 am - 05:30 pm (Wed)
  • Nov 11, 2021 at 10:00 am - 05:30 pm (Thu)
  • Nov 12, 2021 at 10:00 am - 09:00 pm (Fri)
  • Nov 13, 2021 at 10:00 am - 05:30 pm (Sat)
  • Nov 14, 2021 at 01:00 pm - 05:30 pm (Sun)
  • Nov 15, 2021 at 10:00 am - 05:30 pm (Mon)
  • Nov 16, 2021 at 10:00 am - 05:30 pm (Tue)
  • Nov 17, 2021 at 10:00 am - 05:30 pm (Wed)
  • Nov 18, 2021 at 10:00 am - 05:30 pm (Thu)
  • Nov 19, 2021 at 10:00 am - 09:00 pm (Fri)
  • Nov 20, 2021 at 10:00 am - 05:30 pm (Sat)
  • Nov 21, 2021 at 01:00 pm - 05:30 pm (Sun)
  • Nov 22, 2021 at 10:00 am - 05:30 pm (Mon)
  • Nov 23, 2021 at 10:00 am - 05:30 pm (Tue)
  • Nov 24, 2021 at 10:00 am - 05:30 pm (Wed)
  • Nov 25, 2021 at 10:00 am - 05:30 pm (Thu)
  • Nov 26, 2021 at 10:00 am - 09:00 pm (Fri)
  • Nov 27, 2021 at 10:00 am - 05:30 pm (Sat)
  • Nov 28, 2021 at 01:00 pm - 05:30 pm (Sun)
  • Nov 29, 2021 at 10:00 am - 05:30 pm (Mon)
  • Nov 30, 2021 at 10:00 am - 05:30 pm (Tue)
  • Dec 1, 2021 at 10:00 am - 05:30 pm (Wed)
  • Dec 2, 2021 at 10:00 am - 05:30 pm (Thu)
  • Dec 3, 2021 at 10:00 am - 09:00 pm (Fri)
  • Dec 4, 2021 at 10:00 am - 05:30 pm (Sat)

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Additional time info:

Note: Frist Art Museum’s standard hours of operation will remain the same, with one exception: on Thursdays, they will close at 5:30pm instead of 9pm.

* Event durations (if noted) are approximate. Please check with the presenting organization or venue to confirm start times and duration.

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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update

If your event is being affected, canceled, or postponed due to the response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis, please provide the details below.:

The Frist Art Museum has established a plan for reopening in stages beginning June 22 with an initial members-only period. With continued improvement/stability of Davidson County COVID-19 metrics, the exhibition galleries will reopen to the general public on July 1 with required advance timed ticketing.

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