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August 28–December 2, 2018

Images of courtiers feasting at lavish tables and knights in gleaming armor are emblematic of the Renaissance courts of Europe. However, life at court was governed by many codes of conduct. The monarch affirmed his political authority through pageantry, and even leisure activities such as hunting and jousting, were subject to strict social hierarchies. This exhibition explores how the luxury arts, from illuminated manuscripts to textiles, helped construct the identities of the court elite.

 

 

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