Art Inspiration: Gothic Boxwood Miniatures


I recently was able to experience a wondrous exhibit at the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO). It is a testament to human ingenuity and the human spirit. The exhibit featured gothic miniature prayer beads made of boxwood called, Small Wonders: Gothic Boxwood Miniatures.

These amazing pieces of art were hand crafted beads created in the 16th century using simple tools that depicted scenes from Christianity. Many would depict the crucifixion of Jesus and other stories from his life and the bible. However the most spectacular aspect of these miniatures is that they can fit in the palm of your hand and yet show such detail that is would boggle your mind. I cannot successfully put into words the shear level of workmanship and detail put into these beautiful pieces of art. Thankfully I was able to take some photos of some of the miniatures.


Warning: these pieces can all fit in your hands and were created 500 years ago out of wood that was as hard as marble, using simple tools. Prepared to be amazed.    


If you get an opportunity to see these pieces I strongly suggest you make the effort. The other aspect of the exhibit is that they have a virtual reality (VR) section where you can take a VR tour inside one of these miniatures. It was remarkable. You are able to see every detail that the artist put into every millimetre of these pieces. From the outside of the bead, to the many layers within. The exhibit is at the AGO in Toronto until January 22, 2017 and them it goes on tour to New York and then Amsterdam. Below is a link to the AGO Small Wonders: Gothic Boxwood Miniatures site if you would like to know more.


AGO Small Wonders: Gothic Boxwood Miniatures


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