Christ coverd in a blood pattern (collection Museum Catharijneconvent), photo by Marco Sweering

From wounds shaped like vaginas and wandering beheaded saints, to Mary spraying her breast milk into a fountain in a perfect arch and Jesus being pressed like a grape. Body Language lifts the veil on the intriguing world of art in the Middle Ages. Between 1300 and 1500, artists became increasingly interested in the human side of Jesus, Mary and other saints, and their bodies and body parts took the main stage in their works of art. Empathy also became an important element, as art became an aid to prayer and meditation. But although the paintings, miniatures and sculptures became bloodier, hairier and stranger, this didn’t detract from their beauty. Alongside rare pieces from the Netherlands and abroad, you’ll see several revered objects such as a spectacular marble image of Saint Valérie (ca. 1475-1510) holding her head (after it had been chopped off) in her hands.

> from 25 September, Museum Catharijneconvent