Manuscript Gallery Focus Show
Schatzkammer: Henry Walters' German Manuscripts
July 22–October 29, 2006
In his pursuit of a rich collection of illuminated manuscripts, Henry Walters amassed a small but high quality group of medieval books from the German-speaking lands that we refer to today as Germany and Austria. These Gospel books, liturgical manuscripts, prayer books and theological texts received the most luxurious decoration of all book types in Germany, reflecting the concept of the Schatzkammer, or treasury, where the costliest books were often kept in the Middle Ages. This exhibition will introduce the visitor to 24 German manuscripts from the 9th through the 16th century, many of which have rarely been on display, and never before shown as a group.