Exhibition The Treasury of the Abbey of Saint Maurice d’Agaune
from March 14, 2014 to June 16, 2014
Chef reliquaire de saint Candide,
© Abbaye de Saint-Maurice d’Agaune. Photo Jean-Yves Glassey et Michel Martinez
This exhibition enjoys the generous support of the Fondation Gandur pour l'Art, Geneva, Switzerland and of Pro Helvetia, the Swiss Arts Council
The Abbey of Saint-Maurice d’Agaune (Agaunum) in the Swiss canton of Valais will be celebrating its 1,500 years of existence in September 2014. To mark this special anniversary, while renovation work is underway on the abbey’s treasury, the chapter has agreed to allow the Louvre to display major pieces from a treasury that has miraculously withstood ordeals and centuries.
The exhibition charts the history of the abbey and the establishment of its treasury, referring to the Roman history of Agaunum and its Christianization. In the early Middle Ages the abbey enjoyed the protection of very high-ranking figures. Masterpieces of Merovingian and Carolingian gold and silverwork, including the magnificent sardonyx vase ascribed to Saint Martin, the reliquary casket of Theuderic the priest, or the ewer “of Charlemagne”, unparalleled in France, commemorate Saint Maurice, who was martyred along with his Theban Legion in Agaunum. Venerated by the House of Savoy, as is evidenced by the reliquary head of Saint Candidus, Saint Maurice and his companions were also revered by Saint Louis. Reliquaries, precious fabrics, manuscripts, and archives evoke the spiritual wealth of a community whose continued presence on the site for 1,500 years makes it the oldest of its kind in the West.
Élisabeth Antoine-König, for the Musée du Louvre; Pierre Alain Mariaux, University of Neuchâtel, for the Abbey of Saint Maurice
From March 14 to June 16, 2014
Richelieu wing, lower ground floor
Every day from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., except Tuesday.
Night opening until 9:45 p.m. on Wednesdays and Fridays.
Included in the museum ticket: €12
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