|Indepent exploration of the Cantor. Special exhibits: Sympathy for the Devil: Satan, Sin, and the Underworld: As Jackson Pollock’s important painting Lucifer comes to Stanford’s Anderson Collection, this exhibition explores the visual history of the Devil and his realm from the 16th to the 20th century. artists including Albrecht Dürer, Hendrick Goltzius, Jacques Callot, Gustav Doré, and Max Beckmann reveal how the Devil evolved from the bestial adversary of Christ to a rebellious, romantic hero or shrewd villain. The exhibition also reveals the artists’ inspiration: religious sources and accounts by Homer, Dante, Virgil, and Milton.|
Artists Observe Nature: After 1600, it became increasingly common for draftsmen and printmakers to study nature closely and directly, rather than copy natural motifs from books and other artworks. This exhibition reveals the empiricist’s impulse to capture nature, with its fine detail and fleeting light effects, and record it on paper.
Night, Smoke, and Shadows: The Presence of Atmosphere in the 19th Century: Many artists active in the 19th century manipulated the appearance of atmosphere in order to create the illusion of space and texture, imply a mood, and even shape the narrative content of an image. They were inspired by industrialization and new ideas about optics and abstraction, and they exploited unprecedented opportunities to experiment with processes and materials. This exhibition includes artists James McNeill Whistler, Max Klinger, Félicien Rops, and Alvin Langdon Coburn.
Within and Without: Transformations in Chinese Landscapes: The landscape, the most prominent painting tradition in China, brings with it more than one thousand years’ worth of precedent and often has evolved in tandem with the social changes facing practicing Chinese artists.
FIELD TRIP: narrated walking exploration of Stanford's beautiful campus.