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Medieval alabaster sculptures belie their humble roots

The latest exhibition at the Princeton University Museum of Art is devoted to one of those odd, delicate mediums whose rise and fall from popularity seem to track a moral and political faultline in history: medieval alabaster sculpture from the English Midlands.
Like pastels, which first flourished during the Ancien Regime among the fledgling Romantics, or the evocative amateur watercolor landscapes of the late 18th and early 19th centuries, alabaster was a more modest medium for a more modest clientele. (FULL ARTICLE: Dan Bischoff, The Star-Ledger)