Fear in Painting

Ueno Royal Museum

poster for Fear in Painting
[Image: Paul Delaroche "The Execution of Lady Jane Grey" © The National Gallery, London. Bequeathed by the Second Lord Cheylesmore, 1902]

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The general consensus as to how we view paintings suggests that our feelings and responses are based on what we see in terms of color, overall atmosphere, methods of expression, and the like. However, in her best-selling book series “Fear in Painting” (2007), writer and scholar of German Literature Kyoko Nakano suggests that we instead focus on fear in art, basing our reading of paintings on the historical background of the works and knowledge of the underlying narrative. In this exhibition commemorating the tenth anniversary of the publication, a new selection of works will be presented, based around a number of those introduced in Nakano’s book. Assisted by various hints, this exhibition will encourage you to let your imagination help you in understanding the fear depicted in these works so that you may enter the world of each painting. It will feature Paul Delaroche’s magnificent “The Execution of Lady Jane Grey,” one of the most prized works in the collection of the National Gallery in London, which will be shown here in Japan for the first time. This large work - 2.5 meters long and 3 meters wide - depicts the final appearance made by the 16-year-old Queen of England, who was on the throne for just 9 days before being sent to execution. In total there will be around 80 oil paintings and prints from throughout early modern and modern Europe on exhibit, including titles by J. M. W. Turner, Gustave Moreau, Paul Cezanne and others.



from October 07, 2017 to December 17, 2017
Exhibition Hours: 10:00-17:00.



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