The Art of Devotion:
Illuminated Manuscripts from Local Collections

March 1–June 16, 2019
European Art Galleries, Level 2, Gallery S202

Illuminated manuscripts, or handwritten books, are the focus of this exhibition, specifically books made before the use of the printing press from the Middle Ages and Renaissance. The manuscripts are usually on treated animal skin, called parchment, and decorated with gold, silver, and bright colors; all are religious in nature. As such, the exhibition will not only explore the bookmaking process but also explain how creating and interacting with the manuscripts were considered forms of religious devotion. All the objects featured are from Milwaukee collections, offering visitors a chance to see local treasures that are typically not on public view.

Sponsored by: Miles Vilski

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Gallery Talk: Petite Posters: Jules Chéret and Le Courrier français

Tuesday, August 6, 1:30 PM

Learn more about Jules Chéret, considered the father of the poster, and the weekly journal Le Courrier français, which publicized and reproduced Chéret's poster designs, in the exhibition Petite Posters: Jules Chéret and Le Courrier français with Nikki Otten, associate curator of prints and drawings.

European Art Galleries, Level 2, Gallery S202
Free for Members
Free with Museum admission 

  • French, Leaf from a Liturgical Psalter, early 14th century. Gift of Paula Uihlein, M1932.108. Photo by John R. Glembin.