This selection of historical works explores how physical violence and suffering have been represented in art, from the promise of transcendence to political critique.
Francisco Goya: Tristes presentimientos de lo que ha de acontecer (Gloomy presentiments of things to come), from the series Los desastres de la guerra (The Disasters of War), 1819–23; etching, reinforced with aquatint; 11 1/8 x 15 in.; BAMPFA, gift of Mrs. Louise Mendelsohn.
UC Berkeley art history professor Olson explores the theme of female violence in two works on view in Agony in Effigy.
The curator of Agony in Effigy shares his insights into artistic depictions of bodily suffering and violence in this exhibition walk-through.
Agony in Effigy curator Philippe Pirotte and UC Berkeley professor Niklaus Largier offer historical and cultural context for the exhibition’s varied and affecting images of pain and suffering.