OCT 19 thru DEC 31
Two rare, pre-17th century, stained-glass panels depicting the Holy Family’s Flight Into Egypt are on permanent display at the Deering Estate beginning October 19th. Each piece depicts the traditional Flight into Egypt motif, the Holy Family’s journey to escape violence in their homeland from King Herod. During the Reformation period, circa 1530, many representations of religious iconography were intentionally destroyed. The historic significance of these pieces cannot be overstated, as very few stained glass representations of religious art from this period have survived centuries marked by the ravages of war, political upheavals and natural deterioration. Across Europe, additional losses were sustained to the artifacts from that era, as “less important” assemblages went unprotected from the bombings during the First World War. After World War II, European governments placed restrictions on export of such national heritage pieces, further limiting the existence of such treasures in the United States. Of the stained-glass panels from that era that have survived, there are only 14 other pieces on public display in Florida.
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