Exhibitions



Icons or Portraits?

Images of Jesus and Mary from the Collection of Michael Hall

July 26–November 16, 2002

This exhibition, featuring 115 works from the collection of Michael Hall, contributes to the dialogue on the reception, likeness, and archetype in the history of depicting Jesus and Mary.

The image of Jesus is one of the most pervasive representations in the history of art. From the symbolic images of Early Christian catacombs to modern interpretations, iconic as well as narrative images have served dually as objects of devotion and aesthetic appreciation. This exhibition contributes to the dialogue on the reception, likeness, and archetype in the history of depicting Jesus and Mary. The 115 works displayed are from the private collection of Michael Hall and many have never been exhibited or published before.  Among them are medieval sculptures from Italy and Northern Europe, as well as works by Donatello, Desiderio da Settignano, Andrea del Verrocchio, Giambologna, Alessandro Algardi, Georg Petel, and François Duquesnoy.

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