Dark Imag­in­ings: Gothic Tales of Won­der

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Noel Shaw Gallery, Univer­sity of Mel­bourne Un­til 31 July, 2018

Mark­ing a num­ber of Gothic an­niver­saries – in­clud­ing the bi­cen­te­nary of Mary Shel­ley’s Franken­stein – this ex­hi­bi­tion traces Goth­icism from the mid-1800s to the end of the 19th cen­tury. It fea­tures art­works from the Univer­sity’s Spe­cial Col­lec­tions by artists in­clud­ing Henry Fuseli, Sal­va­tor Rosa, G.B. Pi­ranesi, Fran­cisco Goya, John Martin and Charles Méryon, who ex­plored dark places and psy­cho­log­i­cal states. The show also in­cludes the­matic spa­ces such as a draw­ing room cel­e­brat­ing Gothic lit­er­a­ture, and a space ded­i­cated to ‘Grave­yard po­ets’ and ‘res­ur­rec­tion­ists’.

Cour­tesy Noel Shaw Gallery, Univer­sity of Mel­bourne

Un­known pho­tog­ra­pher, pho­to­graph of an ‘ap­pari­tion’ made by sand­wich­ing glass neg­a­tives to­gether at the time of print­ing, c. 1870, al­bu­men sil­ver print, 16 x 21.5cm

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