The Paston Treasure: Microcosm of the Known World

Event time: 
Thursday, February 15, 2018 - 10:00am to Sunday, May 27, 2018 - 5:00pm

The Paston Treasure (ca. 1663) is an enigmatic masterpiece that defies categorization because it combines several art historical genres: still life, portraiture, animal painting, and allegory. The painting makes its North American debut at the Center in an exhibition organized in partnership with the Norwich Castle Museum & Art Gallery, UK. The world of the Pastons—a landowning family of Norfolk famous for their medieval letters—is explored through a display of nearly 140 objects from more than fifty international institutional and private lenders. Five treasures from the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries that appear in the painting are gathered together for the first time in more than three centuries. A host of other objects, many with Paston provenance, tell the story of collecting within the family from the medieval period until the moment of the making of the painting.

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Third-floor Galleries
(This venue is wheelchair accessible)
Open to: 
General Public
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The Paston Treasure: Microcosm of the Known World