On a Pedestal:
From Renaissance Chopines to Baroque Heels

Opened November 19, 2009, and on display until September 20, 2010

About the Exhibition

The artifacts shown here are showcased in the Bata Shoe Museum’s newest exhibition On a Pedestal: From Reniassance Chopines to Baroque Heels. The exhibition explores two of the most extreme forms of footwear ever worn in Western fashion, the outrageous platform chopine and its eventual replacement, the high heel. On a Pedestal offers visitors a once in a lifetime opportunity to see exceptionally rare examples of Renaissance and Baroque footwear on loan from numerous renowned International museums including: Victoria and Albert Museum, London; Museo Bardini, Florence; Castello Sforzesco, Milan; Livrustkammaren and Skoklosters Slott, both Stockholm; Museo Palazzo Mocenigo and Museo Correr, both Venice; Ambras Castle, Austria; Boston Museum of Fine Art, Boston and Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto as well as shoes from the Bata Shoe Museum’s own collection.

Media Information

Rare 16th and 17th Century Footwear On View at the Bata Shoe Museum
November 19, 2009
(Adobe PDF file, 379K)

Exhibition Fact Sheet
November 19, 2009
(Adobe PDF file, 47K)

Step Ahead at the Bata Shoe Museum:
An Education Program for At-risk Children

November 19, 2009
(Adobe PDF file, 66K)

Hotel Packages on Sale
November 19, 2009
(Adobe PDF file, 49K)

Our Thanks to

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