Special to the Journal
There is a long and storied tradition of artists creating art related to health and healing. Ancient artists portrayed humanity’s concern with good health as well as a reliance on supernatural forces for healing through images of gods and goddesses devoted to medicine. Artists like Leonardo da Vinci and Rembrandt van Rijn were on the forefront of medical research in their day through their anatomical studies. Today, contemporary artists focus on all aspects of health and healing from creating medical illustrations to creating works that express the humanity of patients, doctors, nurses, and all involved in health and healing.
The Albany Museum of Art is pleased to present “The Art of Health & Healing,” an exhibition celebrating the relationship between visual art and medicine through works by ancient and contemporary artists and medical illustrators. “The Art of Health & Healing” is sponsored by Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital in celebration of its 100th anniversary. The exhibit will run Oct. 5-Dec. 30, with opening reception 5:30-7:30 p.m., Oct. 13.
The show includes several exhibits in one, the first being artworks from top museums and collections including the High Museum of Art, the Telfair Museum, the Columbus Museum, and the Norman Rockwell Museum. This section will feature works from around the world and throughout history that speak to the human need for good health and healing. Works include a 19th century medicine chest, paintings by Lamar Dodd, and a splendid drawing by Norman Rockwell.
Another part of this exhibition features works on loan from the Medical Illustration Graduate Program from Georgia Health Sciences University (formerly the Medical College of Georgia). This 400-piece collection of alumni and faculty work features a variety of works from figure studies in traditional media to cutting-edge digital works illustrating the latest surgical techniques.
In other galleries, works from the Albany Museum of Art’s collection given by members of the local healthcare community and beyond will be on display. Highlights include an important painting by American artist Reginald Marsh donated to the AMA by a group of retired Albany physicians and a significant collection of Ethiopian art from Marguerite Burt, a nurse who spent time in Gondar, Ethiopia.
An exhibition in the museum’s Willson Auditorium includes paintings, photographs, sculptures, and craftwork created by local physicians including Christopher Stanich, Burgess Mauldin, Charles Gillespie, E.E. Flournoy, Devell Young, Wayne Holley, and Jefferson Davis.