29 September 2016 - 30 November 2016
Slovak Gothic Treasures (Poklady gotiky zo Slovenska) exhibition / Rome
This unique exhibition centres on a selection of works by Master Paul of Levoča, the most prominent figure in late Gothic art in Slovakia, which are leaving the country for only the second time since their creation. They have been lent to the exhibition by the owners – the parishes of the Roman Catholic church in the Spiš region, including Levoča, Spišská Belá, Spišská Kapitula and Spišské Vlachy – as well as the Šariš Museum in Bardejov.
The sculptural pieces by Master Paul of Levoča are complemented by altar wing panels from Rožňava and Lipany. The works on display date back to the 16th century. Liturgical objects of goldsmith’s work (chalices, crosses, monstrances) and liturgical textiles from various parishes in Slovakia help to portray the cultural and social context of the period. This exhibition brings together 35 objects of unique historical, cultural and artistic value.
The opening of the exhibition in the Palazzo del Quirinale in Rome – the official residence of the Italian head of state – will be attended by the presidents of the Slovak and Italian Republics.
The exhibition was produced by the Slovak National Museum.