Miserere et Guerre

On view at Duke Chapel March 5 - April 6, 2017
Nasher Museum: The Collection Galleries, March 18 - July 23, 2017

This spring, Duke Chapel is partnering with Duke Initiatives in Theology and the Arts and The Nasher Museum to host Miserere et Guerre, a series of 58 intaglio prints by French artist Georges Rouault (1871-1958). The title Miserere (”Have mercy” in Latin) refers to the opening of Psalm 51: “Have mercy on me, O God, according to thy lovingkindness...” while guerre means “war” in French. Rouault began the project in 1912, though it was not completed until 1948. The prints present a persistent concern for the poor and marginalized, searing criticism of the ruling class and unapologetic religious devotion.

From March 5 through April 6, during Lent, Duke Chapel will present images from the series that focus on Christ’s redemptive sacrifice and the call for his disciples to journey with him to the cross. The Nasher’s tandem installation from March 18 through July 23, will highlight scenes that illustrate the plight of refugees and the devastations of war. 

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Featured Events


March 9 | 6:00 p.m. | Duke Chapel
To mark the opening of the exhibition, the Chapel's weekly choral-led Vespers service will feature music from Allegri's "Miserere" at 6:00 p.m. A gallery reception will follow at 7:00 p.m.

March 23 | 7:00 p.m. | The Nasher Museum
Philippe Rouault, great grandson of the artist, and collector Sandra Bowden will give a gallery talk on Rouault’s life and work. Reception to follow.

March 30 | 7:00 p.m. | The Nasher Museum
Nicholas Wolterstorff, Noah Porter Professor Emeritus of Philosophical Theology at Yale Divinity School, will give a talk in the Nasher Museum lecture hall on Rouault and social protest art.




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