medieval

BROWSE medieval COLLECTION
The museum's significant Medieval and Renaissance holdings have been described as the "best university medieval collection in America" (Charles Little, Metropolitan Museum of Art) and "one of the six best medieval collections overall in America" (Neil Stratford, Keeper Emeritus of Medieval and Later Antiquities, British Museum). Duke University's original Museum of Art was founded with the acquisition of medieval works from the estate of Ernest Brummer in 1966. Expanded since then, the collection now numbers nearly 300 works from across Europe, ranging in date from the 9th-17th centuries, with a focus on the Romanesque and Gothic periods. It includes sculptures in stone, bronze, wood, and ivory, significant architectural fragments, stained glass, leather, textiles, and illuminated manuscript pages and a full illuminated book of hours. Visitors are able to explore the Book of Hours online.

Collection Highlights

  • Photo by Peter Paul Geoffrion
  • Photo by Peter Paul Geoffrion
  • Photo by Peter Paul Geoffrion