Medieval Treasures from Hildesheim
Hildesheim, Germany, was a leading center of art between 1000 and 1250, when outstanding precious works, such as the larger-than-life size Ringelheim Crucifix, illuminated manuscripts lavishly bound in jeweled covers, and a monumental bronze baptismal font, were commissioned for its churches and cathedral. In 1985, UNESCO designated St. Mary’s Cathedral and St. Michael’s Church in Hildesheim a world cultural heritage site, recognizing them as monuments of medieval art with exceptionally rich treasures.
Despite its significance, Hildesheim’s incomparable collection of medieval church furnishings is little known outside of Germany. This book provides the first comprehensive examination in English of the city’s treasures, its leading role in the art of the Middle Ages, and its churches’ history of commissioning and collecting outstanding objects. Highlighting fifty precious and rare works, this book beautifully illustrates some of the great masterpieces of medieval church art.
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Abbey Abglanz des Himmels arm reliquary B.d.B. SeLected RefeRenceS Bernward Cross Bernward von Hildesheim Bishop Bernward bishop of Hildesheim bronze Byzantine c.t.l. Selected RefeRenceS candlesticks canonization cast cathedral’s chalice champlevé Christ Copper alloy crosier crucifix Curator decorative depicting Diam Dom-Museum Hildesheim Domschatz engraved figures filigree form ofa Franco-Saxon German Hildesheim gilded copper gilded silver Godehard gold gospel book Guntbald heim Henry the Lion Hezilo Hildes Hildesheim Cathedral Hildesheim’s Bishop inscription ivory lectern Lower Saxony M.H. Selected RefeRenceS manuscripts Mary Mary’s Medieval Art Metropolitan Museum ofArt Michael Brandt Michael’s Church Michel David-Weill monastery monumental Mosan niello objects ofthe Ottonian Ottonian art Overall paten patron plaque portable altar Precious Gospels reigned relics reliquary rock crystal Saint Saint Godehard scenes Schätze des Glaubens semiprecious stones silver on parchment symbols tion True Cross twelfth century vernis brun Virgin wood core workshop Zeitalter der Ottonen