Fin-de-siècle. The end of the world: Botticelli, Signorelli and millennial angst
Our concerns over the millenium in 1999 may point to a human problem with crossing man-made boundaries: in 1500, at a half-millenium, similar fears abounded.
While Savonarola's exploitation of these insecurities affected Botticelli's paintings, were Signorelli's frescoes in Orvieto depicting the end of the world the result of the same paranoia, or merely a coincidence of timing?
On Mondays and Thursdays, focus in on one painting with our talks in the Gallery, or explore wider themes in the collection at our in-depth theatre talks.
Image above: Detail from Luca Signorelliu, The Adoration of the Shepherds, about 1496
The events programme for 'Facing the Modern: The Portrait in Vienna 1900' is kindly supported by Martin Halusa