NEWS MFAH announces major acquisitions for new gallery

The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, today announced three significant acquistions of Medieval art, now on view in the European Art Galleries of the museum's Audrey Jones Beck Building. A large, rare Hebrew codex, known as The Montefiore Mainz Mahzor (circa 1310-20); a rare surviving silver-gilt and enamel Spanish provessional cross (circa 1400); and one of the a handful of surviving architectural drawings for Rouen cathedral, attributed to its architect, will form the core selection for a newly conceived presentation of Medieval art. Each was a purchase, funded through dedicated MFAH acquisitions endowments.

"These three remarkable objects, in tandem with our significant and growing holdings of art from Asia and the Islamic worlds, will enhance the museum's ability to tell the story of pre-modern art and culture across cultures and continents," commented Gary Tinterow, MFAH director."I am delighted to announce these exceptional additionals to the collections, from among the hundreds we acquired during the last fiscal year."

The new acquisitions will be presented with a late-15th-Century Flemish tapestry depicting Hercules slaying Laomedon, which was acquired two years ago, and a number of artworks that have long been in the collection but that have not been on view in many years, including liturgical objects given in the 1930s by Annette Finnigan, Houston philanthropist and suffragette, and a reliquary monstrance from the Guelph Treasure, acquired by then-director Phillipe de Montebello in 1970.

For more information, please visit http://www.mfah.org/.

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