Leaves of Gold: Treasures of Manuscript Illumination fron Philadelphia Collections
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Idleness and the Dreamer-Lover in the Garden of Pleasure. Roman de la Rose, Philadelphia Museum of Art Collins 1945-65-3, fol. 6

Hidden in the collections of Philadelphia libraries is an unexpected treasure -- a rich trove of more than 7,000 medieval and Renaissance miniature paintings showing religious scenes, classical tales, historical events, and medieval romances. Many have never been on public display, or even studied by scholars.

The Philadelphia Area Consortium of Special Collections Libraries, in collaboration with the Philadelphia Museum of Art and other exhibition partners, surveyed the holdings in area libraries and museums. More than 80 of the choicest objects were exhibited at the Philadelphia Museum of Art March 10 - May 13, 2001 and at the Frist Gallery for the Visual Arts (Nashville TN) from September 27, 2001 - January 6, 2002.

The exhibition's reach was extended by a variety of programs for scholars, adults, and younger learners, as well as a printed catalogue, a CD-ROM exploring seven manuscripts in detail, and this website.

For additional information on the Leaves of Gold project, see the PACSCL Leaves of Gold website section.

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Leaves of Gold is a collaborative exhibition organized by the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Philadelphia Area Consortium of Special Collections Libraries. All materials on this site are copyright 2001 the Philadelphia Museum of Art except as indicated herein.