Dark imaginings: Gothic tales of wonder

Noel Shaw Gallery, Baillieu Library, University of Melbourne

Join curator Jen Hill for a tour of the exhibition Dark imaginings: Gothic tales of wonder. In 18th century Europe a revolutionary shift in literary and artistic expression took place that became known as ‘the Gothic’. Nightmarish images of barbarity, oppression and the supernatural were abstracted from an earlier medieval (or ‘Gothic’) age and fused with a Romantic focus on imagination and emotion, resulting in works of frightening and thrilling originality. Leading exponents of the gothic set their creative works in dark and claustrophobic spaces or wild, threatening landscapes and infused them with melancholy, gloom and fear.

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Image: Mary Shelley (1797–1851), author; Theodor von Holst (1810–1844), artist, Frankenstein, or, The modern Prometheus. London, 1831. Rare Books, Special Collections, University of Melbourne