The Walters Art Museum’s recent exhibition, A Feast for the Senses, explores the connections between art and sensory experience in medieval Europe. Far from being a period of reserved sensory deprivation, the medieval world enjoyed a culture of refinement, sophistication, even indulgence, in both the secular and sacred realms. The works included in this show and its catalogue reflect the ways medieval artists and patrons interacted with works of art; vibrant paintings, manuscripts, tapestries and embroideries, ivory and metal sculptures, and enamels all imply that these works were touched, smelled, tasted, and heard as well as seen.

The exhibition catalogue includes eight essays that explore the role of art in religious practices, royal rituals, feasts and social gatherings, music, and literature. Nearly 130 objects are illustrated, each with a full description, provenance, and bibliography.

 

 

Photography by Jeremy Linden