Medieval X Modern

A figure of the poet Dante at the left and a swarm of screaming figures running around a swirl of dark purple and black-hued colors which has arms reaching out toward them

Medieval X Modern

December 10, 2022
March 19, 2023

About the Exhibit

Many artists of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries were fascinated by the styles and subjects of medieval art. Soaring cathedrals and ornate illuminated manuscripts impressed artists living in an era of increasing mechanization, while reverent visions of saints and heroes offered inspirational models in the midst of war and political violence. Along with representative medieval objects, Medieval X Modern presents the work of modern artists from Europe and the Americas who created prints, drawings, paintings, illustrated books, sculptures, and decorative objects informed by the spectacular craftsmanship and compelling historical figures of the Middle Ages. Scholars and artists also produced publications illustrating royal treasures and architectural remains that not only testify to a pride in the medieval past, but also serve nationalistic narratives in the present. Drawing primarily from the Blanton’s permanent collection, Medieval X Modern offers a wide array of artistic responses to the European Middle Ages, including one of the museum’s most iconic works—Ellsworth Kelly’s Austin.

Curated by Christine Zepeda, Andrew W. Mellon Fellow in Prints, Drawings, and European Art and Holly Borham, Associate Curator of Prints, Drawings and European Art, Blanton Museum of Art

Members get free admission.

Image Gallery

Jules Ferdinand "Jacquemart, Porphyry Vase with Eagle Head, from Les Gemmes et joyeaux de la couronne [The Gems and Crown Jewels]," vol.1, 1865, etching with plate tone, 19 3/16 x 12 13/16 in. Blanton Museum of Art, The University of Texas at Austin, Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Isidore Simkowitz in memory of Amy Cecelia Simkowitz-Rogers, 1998
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Feature Image Credit

Carlos Alonso, Que corrían mordiéndose [Those Who Run Biting Each Other], 1968, colored wash and black ink on paper, 19 13/16 x 27 5/8 in. Blanton Museum of Art, The University of Texas at Austin, Gift of John and Barbara Duncan, 1971

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