“The Art of Faith” is a major exhibition to be held at the Norwich Castle Museum and Art Gallery, of which the Ashwellthorpe Triptych by the Master of the Magdalen Legend – the earliest known commission of a Flemish painter by a Norfolk family – will form part. The exhibition itself celebrates the beauty of religious art from all faiths in Norfolk. This beautiful altar piece, depicting the Seven Sorrows of Mary, was acquired in 1983 by the Norwich Castle Museum with support from the Art Fund. The exhibition runs at the Castle Museum from 2 October 2010 to 23 January 2011 – details are given on this website’s Events Calendar.
However, work is just about complete on the facsimile of the Ashwellthorpe Triptych of which various details have been given over the last year (which can be seen by scrolling down this page). The Triptych facsimile is to become a permanent feature of All Saints’ Church, Ashwellthorpe, in February 2011 but it will be the centrepiece of ”A Mediaeval Treasure for Ashwellthorpe”, a small exhibition in the Cathedral Hostry from 6 to 29 December 2010, displayed alongside “The Threads of Time” an exhibition of the work of the Cathedral Broderers Guild.
The Ashwellthorpe Triptych facsimile has been made possible with the financial support of the norwich Town Close Estate Charity, The Art Fund, the John Jarrold Trust, the Anne French Memorial Trust, the Timothy Colman Charitable Trust and many individual donors from the parishes and beyond.
There will be a special service of celebration at All Saints’ Church, Ashwellthorpe, on Sunday 6 February 2011 when the Triptych will be dedicated by the Bishop of Norwich and placed in its permanent position in the Thorp Chapel.