The Four Horsemen

Dramatic images of apocalypse, death, devils and witchcraft will feature as part of a fascinating look into early European thought in The Four Horsemen: Apocalypse, Death and Disaster, opening at the National Gallery of Victoria on 31 August.

Art Exhibition previously on at NGV International in Melbourne precinct, Victoria, Australia.
From Friday 31 August 2012 to Monday 28 January 2013

Death surprising a young man 1592 image Office of the Dead: The Three Quick and the Three Dead (c. 1475–80) image St Jerome (1530s –40s) image Witch riding backwards on a goat (c. 1500) image Death on the battlefield (c. 1646–47) image Christ embracing death (figure 45) 1491 image Dance of Death (c. 1490–93) image Coat of arms with a skull 1503 image Three skulls on a carved tomb (c. 1525–50) image

Published by National Gallery of Victoria - International on Monday 06 August 2012.
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The exhibition will present 120 illustrated books, prints, manuscripts and paintings from the fifteenth to eighteenth centuries, when religious and social turmoil inspired dramatic images of death and catastrophe by European artists including Albrecht Dürer, Jacques Callot, Jacques de Gheyn II, Stefano della Bella and Francisco Goya.

Dr Gerard Vaughan, Director, NGV, said, “The Four Horsemen portrays an interesting epoch in modern European history when the ravages of war and disease prompted widespread fear of the Last Days. During this time, books and prints detailing terrifying creatures, diabolical witchcraft and unusual astrological phenomena were widely accessible to the European populace due to the emergence of printmaking – which was, in effect, the beginning of mass media.”

The Four Horsemen: Apocalypse, Death and Disaster will be on display at NGV International, St Kilda Road from 31 August 2012 – 28 January 2013. Open Wed–Mon, 10am–5pm. Entry is FREE. A beautifully illustrated 100-page publication accompanies the exhibition.