How Extraordinary! Travel, Novelty, and Time in the Permanent Collection

How Extraordinary! Travel, Novelty, and Time in the Permanent Collection

Jun 16 - Oct 28

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From travel to exotic places, real or imagined, to the use of novelty such as trompe l’oeil, How Extraordinary! explores the world of travel and imagination in 18th and 19th century American and European paintings and prints from the permanent collection.

While many of the artists who created these pieces actually did travel to the places they depicted, others did not, relying instead on their imaginations and previous accounts to create their interpretation of these distant and exotic locales. Among the highlights of this section is the painting Seal and Polar Bear, executed by the vernacular artist Charles S. Raleigh in1881. This exhibition will mark the first time this unusual work has been on public view since coming to Shelburne Museum in 1991.

The exhibit also examines some of the ways in which nineteenth-century Americans and Europeans incorporated exotic or novel elements into daily life, and includes items such as fashion plates, trompe l’oeil paintings, and objects fashioned from exotic materials. The final area considers novelty through the idea of time travel and its impact on identity. The focal point of this area is the Rip van Winkle series by Albertus Del Orient Browere, executed around 1880.

On view in Webb Gallery, lower level.

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