Enchanted: A History of Fantasy Illustration

June 14 through September 7, 2020

Fictional worlds of magic and adventure come to life through fantasy illustration. Myths, legends, fables, romance, and epic battles involving swords and sorcery occur in a world unfamiliar to us. Unlike science fiction, which is based on fact, fantasy presents an impossible reality—a universe where dragons breathe fire, angels and demons engage in combat, and magicians craft spells. As visionary author Arthur C. Clarke noted, “Science fiction is something that could happen…Fantasy is something that couldn’t happen.”

Donato Giancola, St. George and the Dragon, 2010, © Donato Giancola

For thousands of years, mankind has depicted analogous fantastic themes in numerous cultures. Noted scholar of mythology, Joseph Campbell, claimed that mankind creates fantasy to help us understand the universe and our existence, delineate good and evil, and teach us how to thrive through adversity. Representations of dreams and nightmares, fictional creatures, and gods and monsters are made real through visual portrayals in fantasy art. Fantasy illustration interprets the imagination of the “undiscovered self.”

Enchanted: A History of Fantasy Illustration explores fantasy archetypes from the Middle Ages to today. The exhibition will present the immutable concepts of mythology, fairy tales, fables, good versus evil, and heroes and villains through paintings, etchings, drawings, and digital art created by artists from long ago to illustrators working today. Mythology explores the adventures of Apollo and Thor, Perseus rescuing Andromeda with the head of Medusa, and the labours of Hercules; fairy tales depict the worlds of elves, fairies, and mermaids, and conjure dreams of Little Nemo in Slumberland, Alice in Wonderland, and Cinderella; heroes and villains follow the exploits of Arthurian legends, Prince Valiant, Conan the Barbarian, and The Lord of the Rings; and haunting images of sorcerers and witches, and battles between angels and demons embody the struggle between good and evil.

The exhibition Enchanted: A History of Fantasy Illustration is organized by the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, MA, and will be on view here from June 6 through September 7, 2020.

ABOUT THE ARTISTS

Artists showcased in the exhibition include Gustave Doré, Abbott Handerson Thayer, Palmer Cox, Arthur Rackham, Winsor McCay, Joseph Clement Coll, N.C. Wyeth, Edmund Dulac, Howard Pyle, J. Allen St. John, Margaret Brundage, Virgil Finlay, Hal Foster, Frank Frazetta, Kelly Freas, Roy Krenkel, Rose O’Neill, Gustaf Tenggren, Julie Bell, Thomas Blackshear, Brom, Tony DiTerlizzi, Bob Eggleton, Scott Fischer, Donato Giancola, James Gurney, Scott Gustafson, the Brothers Hildebrandt, Jeff Jones, Gregory Manchess, Jean-Baptiste Monge, Glen Orbik, William Stout, David Trampier, Boris Vallejo, James Warhola, Allen Williams, Scott Brundage, Wesley Burt, Bastien Lecouffe-Deharme, Nico Delort, Anna Dittmann, Heather Edwards, Justin Gerard, Piotr Jabłoński, Tyler Jacobson, Victo Ngai, David Palumbo, Alessandra Pisano, Omar Rayyan, Annie Stegg, and many more.

IMAGES

Rockwell Fantasy Exhibition

Anna Dittmann, I Dreamt I Could Fly, 2017, © Anna Dittmann

Rockwell Fantasy Exhibition

Donato Giancola, Bag End: Shadows of the Past, 2013, © Donato Giancola

Rockwell Fantasy Exhibition

Scott Gustafson, A Mad Tea Party, 1993, © Scott Gustafson

Rockwell Fantasy Exhibition

Nico Delort, The Blessing of Athena, 2015, © Nico Delort

Rockwell Fantasy Exhibition

Scott Brundage, Stacy McGee Takes on the Horror, 2013, © Scott Brundage

Rockwell Fantasy Exhibition

Rose O’Neill, The Kewpies and their Fairy Cousin, 1916

Rockwell Fantasy Exhibition

Jean-Baptiste Monge, The Kensington Lovers, 2006, © Jean-Baptiste Monge

Rockwell Fantasy Exhibition

Brom, The Night Mare, 2017, © Brom

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Scott Brundage, Swamp Scarefest, 2016, © Scott Brundage

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