There’s still time to view “The Many Faces of Vincent de Paul: Nineteenth-Century French Romanticism and the Sacred” at the DePaul Art Museum. This show examines how artists depicted DePaul’s patron saint in material culture and decorative arts. Organized by guest curator the Rev. Edward R. Udovic, C.M., secretary of the university, senior executive for university mission and vice president for teaching and learning resources, the exhibition gathers items that reflect the rise of St. Vincent’s popularity. A concurrent show, “Four Saints in Three Acts,” features works by contemporary artists who use religious imagery to consider their own relationship to religion, belief and faith. Both exhibitions run through April 2.
On Wednesday, March 8, Udovic will deliver a free lecture on the exhibition at 1 p.m. Register for the lecture here.
A holy card shows St. Vincent de Paul with a halo, holding an infant. These small, inexpensive images made devotional art accessible to the masses during the 19th century. (DePaul University/Jamie Moncrief)
A rustic, hand-embroidered portrait of St. Vincent de Paul is an example of the 19th-century craft, often practiced by young girls to improve their sewing skills. (DePaul University/Jamie Moncrief)
This panel of fabric from the beginning of the 19th century depicts scenes from St. Vincent de Paul’s life in five vignettes. Here, St. Vincent speaks to the Ladies of Charity about the plight of the children before him. (DePaul University/Jamie Moncrief)
A gilded urn from the mid-19th century pictures St. Vincent de Paul rescuing abandoned children from snowy streets. (DePaul University/Jamie Moncrief)
Nate Young’s “Untitled (Altar No. 4)” is graphite on paper in an artist-made oak frame. This work is displayed in the exhibition “Four Saints in Three Acts.” (Image courtesy of the artist and Monique Meloche Gallery, Chicago)
Jeni Spota’s painting “Bird Woman” is on display at the DePaul Art Museum in “Four Saints in Three Acts,” an exhibition that examines religious imagery in contemporary art. (Image courtesy of the artist and Brennan & Griffin Gallery)
Andrea Büttner’s “Bread Painting” is on display at the DePaul Art Museum in “Four Saints in Three Acts,” an exhibition that examines religious imagery in contemporary art. (Photo by Jörg Baumann, courtesy of Hollybush Gardens, London and David Kordansky Gallery, Los Angeles. © Andrea Büttner / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2016)
A detail from “Chapel,” a room-sized work by Rodrigo Lara Zendejas that is part of “Four Saints in Three Acts.” The exhibition includes works by contemporary artists who use religious imagery to consider their own relationship to religion, belief and faith. (DePaul University/Jamie Moncrief)
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