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Daniel Maclise 
(1806 - 1870) 
Francois I and Diane de Poitiers
(Detail) 
oil on canvas, 
133 x 160 cm
Collection CAG
Daniel Maclise
(1806 - 1870)
Francois I and Diane de Poitiers
(Detail)
oil on canvas,
133 x 160 cm
Collection CAG
Heroes and Villains
8 February 2017– 25 August 2018

Gibson Galleries and The Long Room

A WORLD IN CRISIS! The divide between rich and poor creates conflict. A culture of surveillance and data mining defines our existence. Innocence can become cruelty at the click of a button. Has the line between good and evil ever been less clear? Can we take the heroes and villains of our time at face value or should we not judge a book by its cover? Since the dawn of great storytelling, exemplified by Homer’s epic poem The Iliad, we have sought to fulfil our need for heroes in answer to villainy. What does a hero look like and what makes a villain? When does hero worship turn to vilification? How does a sporting hero like Roy Keane compare with the ancient warrior Achilles?

Drawn from the Crawford Art Gallery Collection HEROES & VILLAINS invites you to question archetypes and asks you to look and look again, to fact-find and test the credentials of a wide range of characters. This is not always black and white as the shades of context, viewpoint, and representation colour our judgment.

Curated by Anne Boddaert & Dr Michael Waldron.