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Face to Face: Reliquary Head of St. Theobald

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The exhibition “Face to Face” engages you with nine extraordinary individuals from the permanent collection of the Minneapolis Institute of Arts. To create this Art Remix, spaces in the museum that encourage connection and interaction, we have transformed the second floor hallway into a multicultural crossroads, where personalities usually separated in the MIA galleries according to geography, time period, or collection area, come together to inspire new ways of looking and thinking.

Unknown Artist
Italian, 15th century
Reliquary Head of St. Theobald
Silver, silver gilt, paste jewel with a later, possibly 16th-century collar
Gift of Funds from Bruce B. Dayton 83.73a-c

Who am I?
I am St. Theobald of Alba, canonized after my death for my great
humility. Born Teobaldo Roggeri, I renounced my luxurious lifestyle
and became a cobbler, giving most of my income to the poor. Pilgrims
recorded a series of miracles that took place at my tomb.

Who made me?
An unknown Italian silversmith.

Why?
This container was created to hold my cranial remains as relics, so that
faithful followers could venerate me.

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