Incredible Boxwood Miniatures From 16th Century

These Gothic boxes has incredible miniature carvings in it

Back in Middle Ages, Catholic church has encouraged and commissioned local artists and architects to work in Gothic style. Nowadays you can admire these works in the windows of ancient cathedrals and churches which are the landmarks of majority tourist cities. While such architectural masterpieces were large in size and difficult to be neglected, another Gothic style involved working with small wood boxes which contain incredible artworks inside…

Each of these pieces is believed to be carved either in France or Netherlands in the period between 1500-1530 and all of them were skilfully carved from a single piece of boxwood. Insides contain incredible religious images of prayers and rosaries. You might think they are just decorative pieces and in some cases can be even used as accessories, however these carved boxes carry a more religious power.

Boxes contain stories from both Old and New Testaments, including scenes even outside the pages of Bible, like coronation of the Virgin. The most outstanding thing about these works is the detail with which artists crafted each of the wood boxes.

You can admire the exhibition of Small Wonders: Gothic Boxwood Miniatures in Ontario which presents around 60 of such small masterpieces.

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