Childs Gallery | RUINS | Online Exhibition | July 26- August 31, 2023

Giovanni Battista Piranesi, Italian (1720-1778) View of the Ruins of the House of Niccolo di Rienzo constructed from fragments of Ancient Buildings, from the series Roman Antiques (Le Antichita Romane), 1756 Etching, 5 1/4 x 8 inches

July 26- August 31, 2023


Childs Gallery

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The remnants of the ancient Greco-Roman world captivated and inspired Western artists for centuries. In the newly emergent humanist culture of the Renaissance, the depiction of classical ruins took on an ethical and civic impetus as scholars and artists sought to reclaim the wisdom and lost knowledge of antiquity. Besides inspiring the aesthetic innovations that would germinate the Renaissance, these ruins provided a firm rooting for the development of European art and architecture for centuries to come. Outside of this humanist context, ancient ruins also afforded the imaginative space for romanticist ruminations on both the awe-inspiring greatness as well as the vanities of long vanished civilizations.

In Ruins, our new online exhibition, we present a selection of works that span from the early 18th century hyper-detailed etchings of Giovanni Battista Piranesi to the abstract and gestural monotypes of the 20th century artist Marion Huse. Including the work of Paul Parker, Joseph Pennell, Anita Willets-Burnham, and many others, we invite you to step back in time and enjoy the exhibition, on view July 26 through August 31.

Anita Willets-BurnhamAugust 2023BostonJoseph PennellJuly 2023Paul Parker