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When heaven meets Earth: Dürer’s vision of Apocalypse

“Melancholia I” is part of the Clark Art Institute’s show “The Strange World of Albrecht Dürer.” This, and many of the artist’s images were full of sybolism, up for interpretation through the ages.
Photographer: IMAGE COURTESY OF THE FRANCINE AND STERLING CLARK ART INSTITUTE
“Melancholia I” is part of the Clark Art Institute’s show “The Strange World of Albrecht Dürer.” This, and many of the artist’s images were full of sybolism, up for interpretation through the ages.
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“Mom, why are the angels fighting?” During a recent visit to “The Strange World of Albrecht Dürer” at the Clark Art Institute, most of the visitors were silently absorbed in the drama of a room filled with devils, monsters, saints and trumpeting cherubim. But there was one young viewer, a boy of about 6, whose wonder couldn’t be contained in a whisper, and as he tried to make sense of it all he peppered his ...

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