Everson Museum of Art Senior Curator
Story of the Thuban Journey House
Join David Prince, curator of Images of Vice and Virtue from the Syracuse University Art Collection and Everson curator Debora Ryan for a dynamic discussion that will focus on fundamental themes of good and evil explored by artists in this exhibition, including Pablo Picasso and Andy Warhol.
Images of Vice and Virtue investigates how artists from different cultures and time periods visualized fundamental themes of good and evil. Early civilizations enacted codes of conduct believing that individual behavior benefited from these guidelines. The ancient Greeks developed a set of inspirational values that included prudence, justice, courage and temperance. Later, Christianity refined and enlarged these to the seven holy virtues against which were set seven deadly sins. Additionally, bible stories illustrated what would happen to individuals who either followed or violated church doctrine.
The Low Countries, a region comprising present-day Holland and Belgium, was a site of truly spectacular art production during the so-called early modern period, ca. 1600 to ca. 1800. Indeed, some of the foremost artists in the history of European art practiced within this region, including Rembrandt van Rijn and Peter Paul Rubens. Although the art-loving public is quite familiar with paintings by Dutch (Holland) and Flemish (Belgium) masters their drawings and prints are less known, despite the many outstanding examples of such work that survive. Some of the most memorable and impressive art during this period was made with ink and paper, as opposed to oil paint and canvases and panels. Paper Arts in the Low Countries, 1600-1800 consists of 35 noteworthy examples of drawings and prints by prominent masters of the Low Countries (including Rembrandt and Rubens),