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Sacred/Supernatural: Religion, Myth, and Magic in Early Modern European Prints

Exhibition: 18 February - 29 May 2021

Sacred/Supernatural explores some of the methods that European printmakers used to convey extraordinary events and individuals during the early modern period (1450-1800).

While much of the art from this period was devoted to mimesis, or the naturalistic representation of the real world, close attention was also paid to the portrayal of otherworldly subjects.  Printmakers invented creative solutions to convey to viewers that something or someone in their images was not of this world, from divine beings and miracles to witches and demons.

Jan Sadeler I, The Fall 1643 Krannert Art Museum, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

Jan Sadeler I, The Fall 1643
Krannert Art Museum, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

Sacred/Supernatural includes works by Dutch, English, Flemish, French, German, and Italian relief and intaglio printmakers, dating from the fifteenth through the eighteenth century.

The exhibition is curated by Maureen Warren, Curator of European and American Art.

Albrecht Dürer (1471-1528), <em>Christ Carrying the Cross</em> from the Egraved Passion series, 1512 Krannert Art Museum, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

Albrecht Dürer (1471-1528), Christ Carrying the Cross from the Egraved Passion series, 1512, Krannert Art Museum, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign