June 17 2017 to September 17 2017
In Small Wonders, the Rijksmuseum focuses for the first time on the art of carving miniatures with some sixty or so figurines, miniature altars, prayer nuts, monstrances, skulls and other memento mori boxwood pendants. These astonishingly finely carved luxury ‘toys for the soul’ feature the most ingenious religious scenes. Virtuoso ‘micro-carving’ on a minute scale sought the boundaries of the practicable.
The Rijksmuseum is staging the Small Wonders exhibition in collaboration with The Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) and The Metropolitan Museum of Art/ The Cloisters in New York; it is made possible by the Pot Family Foundation/Rijksmuseum Fonds.