"Magically gorgeous objects:" beginning of modern art

Understanding the medieval mindset that placed magical value on sacred objects, such as relics and talismans, may be difficult for the modern public, but no one can dispute the beauty of such works of art. (photos)

A Newsweek article by Blake Gopnik looks at medieval sacred art at the objects that "got the modern art world started," and at the new exhibit at the Walters Art Museum in Baltimore, Treasures of Heaven: Saints, Relics and Devotion in Medieval Europe.