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Library Contributes to St. John’s Exhibition

The University Art Collection in the Library’s Special Collections Research Center has contributed several items to an exhibition at St. John’s College in Annapolis. The exhibition, Dialogues: Words and Images in Art 1500-1924, is curated by Dr. David Gariff, Senior Lecturer at the National Gallery of Art, and explores the history of the relationship between words and images throughout art from the Renaissance to the aftermath of World War I. The exhibition highlights this relationship through simple titles for works of art, the inclusion of words within images, literary descriptions of objects, visual illustrations of texts and embedded texts inseparable from images.

The Art Collection loaned several key items for the exhibition, including 16 fine prints, one poster from World War I and a rare book illustrated by famed French artist Gustave Doré. The prints include works by Joan Sloan, William Hogarth and John Boydell. The images capture some of the most-illustrated stories throughout history, including scenes from Shakespeare’s plays and Cervantes’ Don Quixote.

The exhibition is on view through April 6 in the Mitchell Gallery at St. John’s College. Learn more on their website.

Image: Women of Britain Say - "Go!" by E.[P.?] Kealey, 1915. Lithograph, 75 x 50 cm.