An Expression of Faith: Sacred Art of Centuries Past
May 5 - October 29, 2017
Curator: Judith Dietz
The Art Gallery of Nova Scotia is pleased once again to present the special exhibition from the Permanent Collection, An Expression of Faith: Sacred Art of Centuries Past. Originally mounted in 1998, the exhibition is featured this year in conjunction the exhibition, Centuries of Silence: The Discovery of the Salzinnes Antiphonal.
The exhibition features twenty works comprising a select group of fifteenth, sixteenth and seventeenth century North European sculptures including scenes from the Passion of Christ – Christ Bearing the Cross, The Crucifixion and The Lamentation of Christ, donated by the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Halifax. Believed to have been brought to Nova Scotia by Bishop William Walsh as a result of his travels to Europe in the 1840’s, they were installed in the Chapel Built in a Day, Holy Cross Cemetery. Similar to the Salzinnes Antiphonal, the three featured polychrome sculptures in the exhibition, dating from approximately 1470 to 1510 were restored at the Canadian Conservation Institute in Ottawa.
A second donation of monochrome sculptures and a metal relief sculpture is also included in the exhibition. These artworks depict representations of the four Evangelists, Compassionate God, the Annunciation, Presentation in the Temple, the Circumcision, the Coronation of the Virgin and a superb Calvary scene.
The exhibition re-creates a small Gothic Chapel with the sculptures supplemented by a stunning replica of a thirteenth century German stained glass window created by the Sattler’s Studios of West La Have and display components hand carved by Halifax craftsman, Kenny Parsons. Each item was meticulously designed and produced specifically for the exhibition in the Gothic style. A supplemental exhibition of paintings and prints from the Gallery’s collection will be presented in the adjoining gallery.