March 19, 2014
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The Alva de Mars Megan Chapel Art Center at Saint Anselm College presents Anthony Moore: PAVISE, an exhibition showcasing a series of magnificent modern painted pavises by London-born artist Anthony Moore. The exhibition is available until April 30 and is accompanied by several programs.
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 Higgens Armory Museum in Worcester, Mass. 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 visit with the artist on March 27 at 4 p.m.
In addition, a concert of medieval music from the Boston Camerata's Anne Azéma, who will present a solo program titled "Angel of Light" is on April 8 at 7:30pm. Seating is limited, and reservations may be made in advance by calling (603) 641-7470.
Information regarding programs, events, and gallery hours may be found on the Chapel Art Center website »
Anthony Moore is represented by Childs Gallery, Boston.
Image: Pavise #3, 2010, 27 3/4 x 11 inches, private collection.