Darkness and Light: Exploring the Gothic

Praying Skeleton, Osteographia by William Cheselden, 1733

Praying Skeleton, Osteographia by William Cheselden, 1733

Recently we’ve been photographing some pretty amazing items from across our collections, for an exhibition opening next week; Darkness and Light: Exploring the Gothic.

The exhibition reveals how Gothic architecture and anatomy inspired and influenced a literary genre, and how the lasting legacy of Gothic can be found in art, films and subculture today.

The Chapel, Horace Walpole, 1784

The Chapel, Horace Walpole, 1784

From the fantastical to the macabre, Darkness and Light unearths Gothic treasures from the Library’s Special Collections to investigate subjects as varied as the role of women in the Gothic movement, advances in medical science and classic literature.

The Raven. Edgar Allan Poe, 1859 edition

The Raven. Edgar Allan Poe, 1859 edition NEVERMORE!

The exhibition also showcases artwork by students from the University of Salford and a gallery of photographic portraits of ‘Goths’, by CHICC photographer Gwen Riley Jones, celebrating diversity and inviting visitors to explore what Gothic means to them.

'It is just gorgeous and it is what I enjoy'.

‘It is just gorgeous and it is what I enjoy’.

The exhibition opens at The John Rylands Library on Thursday 16th July, and is free to all.

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