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MEDIEVAL ART SHINES IN RENOVATED GALLERIES

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Crosses, icons and other holy objects are among gold jewelry, sculptures and colorful textiles woven more than 1,300 years ago in a new installation at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts.

The museum has put back on view in renovated galleries its collection of late Roman, Byzantine and medieval art - around 175 pieces, created in the eastern Mediterranean between the fourth-14th centuries, and in Europe in the 7th-15th centuries.The Byzantine gallery was designed to remind visitors of domed spaces in Greek Orthodox churches, curator Margaret Ellen Mayo points out.