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AMES TIBBITS WILLMORE: “ANCIENT ITALY” (ENGRAVING, AFTER J.M.W. TURNER)

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AMES TIBBITS WILLMORE: “ANCIENT ITALY” (ENGRAVING, AFTER J.M.W. TURNER)

Time Travels in Nineteenth-Century Landscapes 

When: Feb. 28-April 3 2016

STARTING WEDNESDAY, FEB. 24

TIME TRAVELS IN NINETEENTH-CENTURY LANDSCAPES

Before the nineteenth century, there was an established hierarchy of painting genres. Religious allegories were at the top, while still-life works and animal paintings were at the bottom. This system, which valued works that sought to depict the universal and disregarded those that merely reflected reality, began to break down at the turn of the century, as the collapse of empires and the rise of technology created a new order. Landscapes were reinvented by artists who imbued them with a nostalgic idealism about the time before industrialization—or those with an eye for the onrushing future. Painters like J.M.W. Turner created landscape images that toe the line between fantasy and reality, here and there, past and present. Time Travels in Nineteenth-Century Landscapes, a new exhibit consisting of drawings, paintings, and photographs from the Ackland, UNC's Wilson Library, and NCMA, enables viewers to decode works that temper realism with a fascination for an untouched past through April 3.

—Sayaka Matsuoka

ACKLAND ART MUSEUM, CHAPEL HILL 10 a.m.–5 p.m., free, www.ackland.org

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