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Anthony Moore: PAVISE

Anthony Moore PAVISEAnthony Moore: PAVISE
March 14 - April 30, 2014
Opening Reception Friday, March 14, 6 p.m.

The Chapel Art Center is pleased to present the exhibition Anthony Moore: PAVISE, showcasing a series of magnificent modern painted pavises by London-born artist Anthony Moore.

A pavise is a large, convex shield used by archers and crossbowmen in medieval Europe. They were often painted with a soldier's coat of arms and sometimes featured depictions of saints or religious icons. Historical pavises were objects of beauty as well as utility.

Anthony Moore was inspired to create his series of modern pavises after encountering a medieval pavise at the Higgins Armory Museum in Worcester, Massachusetts. Moore's pavises take the form of elongated shields adorned with transcendent painted scenes referencing the tradition of the Northern Renaissance, stained glass, and modern collage. Moore's painting blends abstraction and representation to produce beautiful, colorful compositions with multiple layered symbolic meanings.

In conjunction with the exhibition the Chapel Art Center will host several special programs and events, including a concert of medieval music from the Boston Camerata's Anne Azéma, who will present a solo program titled "Angel of Light" on April 8 at 7:30 p.m. Seating is limited, and reservations may be made in advance by calling (603) 641-7470.

Anthony Moore: PAVISE will be on view March 14-April 30, 2014, with an opening reception to be held Friday, March 14 at 6:00 p.m.

Images of Anthony Moore's work may be viewed at

Anthony Moore is represented by Childs Gallery, Boston.

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