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Divine Messengers: Angels in Art

December 20, 2011-November 3, 2012
Location: Nathan Cummings Building for Modern and Contemporary Art
Artist: Pieter Lastman, Jacob Jordaens, Gustave Dore, and Pedro Orrente among others
Curator: Shlomit Steinberg
Media: Paintings, prints, ketubbot
Along the centuries, artists have attempted to portray the familiar yet mysterious figure of the angel – those winged, ageless and sexless spiritual beings variously known as cherubs, seraphs, or archangels. This exhibition presents works by the Baroque painters Pieter Lastman, Jacob Jordaens, and Pedro Orrente, and Gustave Dore, depicting scenes from the Hebrew Bible and the New Testament, alongside paintings from the Cuzco Spanish colonialschool, Islamic art, and illuminated ketubbot (Jewish marriage contracts) – all replete with angels.