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Gift-giving in the Middle Ages wasn’t confined to dowries or stones placed on the throats of cholera-riddled corpses — it was a way to impart a bit of an individual human being to someone they deem just as important. The opening of the exhibition “Give and Ye Shall Receive: Gift Giving in the Middle Ages” explores how gifts — particularly books — truly connected people in an era when time was short and gestures held meaning. Drawn from the Getty’s permanent collection, the illustrations highlight how a gift’s legacy was one of the most significant ways average people could approach the lives of the saints themselves.

Tue., Dec. 16, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., 2014
(Expired: 12/16/14)