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Worshiping in Place through Art: The Hidden Gems of the Portable Altar of Countess Gertrude

By Amanda Mikolic, Curatorial Assistant for the Department of Medieval Art

On the opening day of the Guelph Treasure exhibition on January 11, 1931, crowds waited patiently in lines that stretched through the old interior garden court, now gallery 217. Cleveland Museum of Art Archives, Negative Number 11058A

In this time of being mostly housebound, one can still draw spiritual comfort by “worshiping in place.” It was a practice common in the medieval period; portable altars, personal shrines, and books of hours aided the personal devotion…

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