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The Four Horsemen presents images of death and disa ster in prints\, illuminated manuscripts\, illustrated books and paintings from the fifteenth to the early eighteenth centuries. This was a period of great turmoil in Europe\, during which bitter religious conflict\, war\, fa mine and pestilence generated deep anxiety. Dramatic events and natural dis asters were increasingly read as divine punishments or warnings that the La st Days were imminent.

This exhibition explores the ways in wh ich artists gave expression to the beliefs and fears that plagued individua ls and whole societies. The 120 works on display\, including Albrecht Dürer ’s extraordinary woodcuts illustrating the Apocalypse\, prints by Hans Holb ein\, Jacques de Gheyn and Jacques Callot\, illustrate witches\, monsters\, demons and the Devil. Death\, personified as a skeleton\, featured promine ntly in the visual culture of the period\, and is represented in all guises - dancing\, riding on horseback\, and stalking unsuspecting men and women as they go about their daily lives.

The works in this exhibiti on are drawn from the Prints &\; Drawings collection of the NGV and incl ude key loans from the State Library of Victoria and the Special Collection s of the Baillieu Library\, University of Melbourne.

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