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Saints and Sinners: The Bible as Word and Image

Not on view
12/6/2013 - 5/25/2014
Organizing institution: Mills College Art Museum

Saints and Sinners: The Bible as Word and Image is curated by an interdisciplinary group of Mills students in the courses Northern European Art and The Bible as Literature. Showcasing works on paper from the collection of the Mills College Art Museum, the exhibition examines themes from the Old and New Testament through five centuries of printmaking and drawing. Featuring prints by early Northern European masters, including Albrecht Dürer, Lucas Cranach, the Elder, and Lucas van Leyden, as well as 20th century artistic pioneers Marc Chagall and Giorgio de Chirico, the exhibition demonstrates evolving artistic representations of familiar Bible texts. From the fall of Adam and Eve, to the stories of David and Goliath, Bathsheba and King David, and the Prodigal Son, to depictions of the Madonna and the martyrdom of saints, the exhibition explores the connections between the accounts in the Bible and artwork that visually tells, critiques, challenges, and interprets those narratives. Through their research and responses, the student curators bring together knowledge from literature and art history to create a deeper and more complex understanding of these themes.

Saints and Sinners: The Bible as Word and Image is curated by Maria Aguilar, Paulina Alvarez, Keegan Amit, Marci Batchelor, Kristen Hanley Cardozo, Maggie Freeman, Leah Holtz, Emma Johnson, Abby Massarano, Isabella Miller, Adrienne Sigeti, Bridget Stagnitto, and Veronica Sutter, with the support of Meryl Bailey, Assistant Professor of Art History, Bula Maddison, Visiting Assistant Professor of English, and Stephanie Hanor, Director of the Mills College Art Museum.

This project is made possible through support of The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.


Opening Reception
Thursday, December 5, 2013, 4 to 6 PM

Exhibition Objects (29)

Exhibition Images (17)

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