Produced in conjunction with the exhibition Small Wonders: Gothic Boxwood Miniatures, this volume reveals the extraordinary artistry of the miniature boxwood carvings of the early 16th century-works so small they can fit in the palm of your hand. These ingeniously constructed, wonderfully detailed works depicting biblical scenes were made for private devotion and amusement. Presenting 60 statuettes, miniature altars, prayer nuts, rosaries, skulls, and other pendants, Small Wonders is the first examination of these pocket-sized Late Gothic carvings from the Low Countries.
The techniques employed to transform these small objects into miniature worlds have long defied comprehension. Now, through collaborative work by conservators at the Art Gallery of Ontario and The Metropolitan Museum of Art, the artists' secrets have been unlocked. Teeming with life, these small wonders were specially photographed for this bulky miniature publication, gorgeously designed by Dutch designer Irma Boom, to fully reveal all their thrilling detail.
The exhibition is organized by The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; the Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto; and the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam.