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‘Degenerate’ Art

German Expressionist Prints from the Barber’s Collection

A society fractured by conflict – and poised on the brink of further social unrest – is depicted with brutal honesty in these striking early 20th-century prints by celebrated artists including Max Beckmann, George Grosz and Egon Schiele.

Complementing Rebel Visions, this display also explored the changing social  attitudes of the most progressive German artists after Hitler’s rise to power and the subsequent a Nazi-led Entartete Kunst (Degenerate Art) exhibitions of the 1930s. It examines how artists’ depictions of society, religion and the human body were systematically corrupted and de-valued by Nazi Propaganda.   Above Image: Lovis Corinth, Christ on the Cross, 1919, woodcut, Inv. 94.

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Philip Galle (1537-1612)

The story of the Prodigal Son - The prodigal son leaving his father’s house

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Philip Galle (1537-1612)

The Story of the Prodigal Son - The Prodigal Son Squandering His Inheritance on Harlots

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