Wednesday, October 14, 2020

Gibbes’ New Collection of Apocalyptic Works of Art Speaks to Timeless Fear of the Unknown

By Connelly Hardaway
Albrecht Dürer’s “The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse” | Image courtesy private collection via Gibbes Museum of Art
“This is material that will be unfamiliar to anyone,” said the curator of the Gibbes Museum of Art’s latest exhibition, Charleston Collects: Devotion and Fantasy, Witchcraft and the World’s End, Lawrence Goedde. A professor at the University of Virginia, Goedde specializes in Northern Renaissance art, work that often prominently features religious subjects. You’ll find a troubled Virgin Mary in these images, and a menacing group of malevolent figures, too. And then, of course, there are the witches. The collection of Northern Renaissance art introduces a world often overlooked in the art found in traditional Lowcountry galleries and museums. [More]