Charleston Collects: Devotion and Fantasy, Witchcraft and the World’s End
In the turbulent era of the Renaissance and the beginning of the Reformation in Northern Europe, artists and viewers alike found their hopes, desires and anxieties mirrored in images of those inspiring pious belief or depicting fantastic visions of good and evil. This world of contradictions and unease introduced intensely – and sometimes disturbingly – vivid imagery, created in the Low Countries of Europe and Germany between 1440 and 1590. The Gibbes Museum of Art in Charleston presents Charleston Collects: Devotion and Fantasy, Witchcraft and the World’s End. This selection of Northern Renaissance paintings and prints, from a major private Charleston collection, is on view October 9th through June 27th, with works including a troubled Virgin Mary contemplating her young son, a menacing group of malevolent figures inspired by Hieronymus Bosch, or Albrecht Dürer’s famous scenes from Revelations.