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Public Programs Complement the Special Exhibition Treasures of Heaven: Saints, Relics and Devotion In Medieval Europe

January 10, 2011

Media Contact:
Amy Mannarino
410-547-9000, ext. 277

Public Programs Complement the Special Exhibition Treasures of Heaven:
Saints, Relics and Devotion In Medieval Europe

Baltimore—The Walters Art Museum is pleased to present programming related to the special exhibition Treasures of Heaven: Saints, Relics and Devotion in Medieval Europe on view Feb. 13—May 15, 2011.

Family Programs

To register for family programs, visit, call 410-547-9000, ext. 300 or email (unless otherwise noted).

Drop-In Art Activities

Every Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m.—3 p.m.

March—All That Glitters...

Be inspired by the special exhibition Treasures of Heaven and create ornate mementos and keepsakes.

April—Medieval Kingdoms

Celebrate the special exhibition Treasures of Heaven and create fairytale tapestries, gleaming metalwork, regal costumes, royal portraits and colorful glass art.

Scout Museum Days

Saturday, March 5, 1—3 p.m.: Junior & Brownie Girl Scout Museum Day—Global Girls
Saturday, March 12, 1—3 p.m.: Brownie Girl Scout Museum Day—Global Girls
Saturday, March 19, 1—3 p.m.: Cub Scout Museum Day—Treasure Hunt
$10 per scout, online pre-registration required
Treasures, secrets and stories of great travels abound in this program just for scouts! Brownies will work toward their Listening to the Past badge, Junior Girl Scouts will work toward their Globe Trotting badge and Cub Scouts will work toward their Art Academics Pin or Belt Loop during this interactive program.

New! Family Art Day: The Apprentice's Workshop

Sunday, April 3, 1—4:30 p.m. or Sunday, April 10, 1—4:30 p.m.
Members $20 per person; non-members $30 per person; online pre-registration required
For ages 5 and up with their families
Family Art Day is a way to bring the whole family together. Spend an afternoon transported back to medieval times and explore daily life and art from the Middle Ages. Enjoy a tour of the special exhibition Treasures of Heaven and venture to the studios to work as an apprentice and learn new techniques.

Free Medieval Family Festival

Saturday, April 23, 10 a.m.—4 p.m.
Free, including admission to the special exhibition Treasures of Heaven
Explore a medieval kingdom meet colorful characters and create dazzling artwork. Marvel at performers and feats of medieval might. Dress up as a medieval lord or lady and take your place in the court.

Adult Programs

To register for adult programs, visit, call 410-547-9000, ext. 238 or email (unless otherwise noted).


Opening Day Talk: Reliquaries in Medieval Christianity

Sunday, February 13, 2—3 p.m.
Martina Bagnoli, Associate Curator of Medieval Art, will discuss the reliquaries in the special exhibition Treasures of Heaven. Reliquaries played an essential role in medieval Christian practice, and Bagnoli will highlight how they reflect Christian traditions and the role of saints as advocates during the Middle Ages.

Sacred Ground: New York City's African Burial Ground

Saturday, February 19, 2—3 p.m.
When Manhattan's African Burial Ground was discovered, few people thought it necessary to preserve this cemetery. Writer and photographer Karen Juanita Carrillo will talk about how its close proximity to Ground Zero has encouraged preservation of this sacred ground as a place worthy of veneration.

Keeping the Dead Alive: Ethical Dilemmas in the Conservation of Human Remains

Saturday, February 19, 3:30—4:30 p.m.
Sanchita Balachandran, curator/conservator at The Johns Hopkins Archaeological Museum, examines the complex ethical, technical and emotional dimensions of preserving the dead.

Spotlight with Gary Vikan and Lee Sandstead: Pilgrimages to the Camino De Santiago de Compostela & Graceland

Sunday, February 27, 2—3 p.m.
Members free; non-members $10; students $5
Walters Director Gary Vikan will join Lee Sandstead, host of the Emmy-nominated television program "Art Attack with Lee Sandstead," to discuss Elvis, Graceland and the pilgrimage to Camino de Santiago de Compostela.

Lunch & Learn: Logistics of Moving Relics in the 21st Century

Thursday, March 3, 12:15-1:15 p.m.
While it's easy to overlook, obtaining loans of priceless medieval reliquaries from church treasuries for the Treasures if Heaven exhibition is not easy. Associate Curator of Medieval Art Martina Bagnoli will expose the gears, grease and mechanisms of bringing the Treasures relics to Baltimore and the Walters.

Spring Forum Discussion: The Religion of Relics, Christian to Islam

Sunday, March 6, 10:30 a.m.—4:30 p.m.
Members free; non-members $8 per session; $25 for all four sessions (lunch not included)
Several scholars present a cross-cultural conversation while bringing to the forefront and raising questions about religious belief, saintly commemoration, issues of remembrance and cultural difference.

Traditional Artists' Methods Workshop: Make a Reliquary Box

Sunday, March 6 and 20, 1—4 p.m.
Members $60; non-members $110
Walters Conservator Elissa O'Loughlin will teach students how to make their own reliquary box.

Artists' Panel Discussion of Relics and Reliquaries: Reconsidered

Sunday, April 3, 1—3:30 p.m.
Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) students and a contemporary artist will discuss art made especially for Relics and Reliquaries: Reconsidered, an exhibition featured in the Walters' Manuscript Gallery and in the Current Space Gallery.

Lunch & Learn: Revealing the Mysteries of Medieval Reliquaries through Scientific Analysis

Thursday, April 7, 12:15-1:15 p.m.
Walters Conservation Scientist Glenn Alan Gates will discuss using three analytical instruments to scrutinize and answer questions about works from the Treasures of Heaven exhibition.

Is This the Face of Christ? A Good Friday Lecture

Friday, April 22, 12:15—1:15 p.m.
Walters Director Gary Vikan will explore the emergence of the "canonical" face of Christ in the early medieval period. For nearly 1,500 years, illustrators of the story of Jesus of all backgrounds—from Byzantine mosaicists to Hollywood filmmakers—have remained true to this face.

Women, Motherhood & Pilgrimage in Late Medieval Europe

Sunday, May 8, 2—3 p.m.
Medieval stories recount that women frequently sought healing for their injured or ailing children, thereby gaining social and cultural power from their brushes with the miraculous. Author Leigh Ann Craig will show how women's roles as mothers could justify these pilgrimage travels.

By the Hand of the Saint: The Book of Kells and Relics

Sunday, May 15, 2—4:15 p.m.
During the Middle Ages the Book of Kells was thought to be the work of the scribe Saint Columba and treated as a relic. Art historian Ben Tilghman will explore how this medieval myth might offer clues to the book's origins. The Academy-nominated animated film The Secret of Kells follows the talk.


Opening Day Concert: Transcendent Spirituality

Sunday, February 13, 1—2 p.m.
This medieval concert will focus on music from the 12th, 13th and 14th centuries.

Iberian Sounds, Troubadour Traditions Concert

Sunday, February 27, 1—2 p.m.
This medieval music concert will feature Troubadour ballads with themes of courtly love and chivalry.

Secular and Religious Melodies from the American Recorder Society

Sunday, March 6 and 27, 1 p.m.
Musicians from the American Recorder Society will play, like minstrels, throughout the museum. The musical selection will feature ancient recorder melodies that still continue to resonate today.

Special Events

Making the Invisible Visible: Conservators' Discoveries about the Walters' Treasures

Sunday, February 27, 12—3 p.m.
Conservators will be scattered throughout the museum's collection to share discoveries and expose details on artworks not visible to the naked eye.

Art Blooms: Treasures from the Earth

Friday, April 8—Sunday, April 10, 10 a.m.—5 p.m.
For this year's event, Treasures from the Earth, 30 regional garden clubs will interpret objects from the museum's medieval galleries. More information on activities over the course of the weekend may be found by visiting or calling 410-547-9000, ext. 305.

College and Arts Community Night

Thursday, April 14, 6—9 p.m.
Free to college students, staff and faculty with ID and artists with current membership in area arts organizations.
Have you ever visited Graceland, Neverland Ranch or Jerusalem? Come see why so many people make modern-day pilgrimages, and then celebrate all things immaterial in their honor. Music, dancing, hyper-talks (including Gary Vikan's Elvis! Talk), light fare and more.

Walk-In Tours

Treasures of Heaven: Saints, Relics and Devotion in Medieval Europe Tours

Free with membership or with paid admission to the special exhibition Treasures of Heaven.

This tour explores the veneration of the earthly remains of saints and the magnificent works of art that contained them from late antiquity through the Middle Ages. Meet at the Centre Street Lobby.

  • Saturday, February 26, 11 a.m.
  • Sunday, February 27, 2 p.m.
  • Sunday, March 13, 2 p.m.
  • Saturday, March 19, 11 a.m.
  • Saturday, April 2, 11 a.m.
  • Sunday, April 17, 2 p.m.
  • Saturday, April 23, 11 a.m.
  • Sunday, May 1, 2 p.m.
  • Saturday, May 7, 11 a.m.

School Programs

Homeschool Workshops

Thursday, March 17, 1:15—3:30 p.m. Treasures of Heaven
Members $4 per student; non-members $8 per student
What is a reliquary? Are there really bones in there? Students will investigate the role and development of relics and reliquaries in the medieval world. There are separate workshops for ages 5—6, 7—9 and 10—12.

Evening for Educators: Treasures of Heaven

Thursday, March 24, 4:30—6:30 p.m.; guided tours begin promptly at 5 p.m.
Members $7; non-members $10
Private viewing time just for educators will include a docent-led tour of Treasures of Heaven: Saints, Relics and Devotion in Medieval Europe, wine and light refreshments. To register for Teacher Programs, visit or email


Please note: All programs are subject to change. Please consult the museum's website at prior to the date of the program to confirm.


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