Wierix, Johan (1549-1618) Melancholia after Dürer, Albrecht (1471-1528)
Beham, Hans Sebald (1500-1550) Armorials of the Artist
Beham, Hans Sebald (1500-1550) Armorials with a Lion
Mellan, Claude (1598-1688) The Sudarium of St. Veronica
Cranach, Lucas the elder (1472-1553) Pilate Washing His Hands
Cranach, Lucas the elder (1472-1553) The Entombment
For this project I have been fabricating a series of tactile objects in response to specific prints in the collection. These are primarily spiritual in content, or refer to protection, self-defense, comfort, safety, consolation or mourning. These prints include Cranach’s Stations of the Cross, Flaxman’s Religion Comforting the Mourner and Wierix’s Melancholia *after *Dürer.
The objects tend to have a paradoxical quality, for example: soft armour to be worn as comfortably as a regular garment; a flimsy embroidered shield; a soft and gentle crown of thorns made from felt; a cosy, padded helmet fitted with faux-fur blinkers and ear defenders, a 'happy hat' to worn by Melancholia, in an effort to lift her spirits...
These ideas have in part been driven by the passage from Paul's letter to the Ephesians: *Exhortations for Spiritual Warfare (6:10-17)*