Victo Ngai, American, born China, born 1988. The Hand of the Queen, 2019. Digital print on paper, 16 x 12 3/4 in. (40.6 x 32.4 cm). Collection of the artist © Victo Ngai

Enchanted: A History of Fantasy Illustration

September 24, 2022 - January 8, 2023

Hodge Gallery Temporary Exhibition Gallery

For hundreds of years, artists have been inspired by the imaginative potential of fantasy. Unlike science fiction, which is based on fact, fantasy presents an impossible reality—a universe where dragons breathe fire, angels battle demons, and magicians weave spells. With examples of archetypes from the last few millennia, Enchanted offers a thoughtful appraisal of how artists from long ago to the present have brought to life mythology and fairy tales, as well as modern epics like Lord of the Rings and Game of Thrones. The exhibition includes themes such as children's tales, gods and monsters, knights in shining armor, and much more. Enchanted traces the development of fantasy art from Golden Age illustrators like Howard Pyle and N. C. Wyeth, to classic cover artists like Frank Frazetta and Boris Vallejo, as well emerging talents like Anna Dittmann and Victo Ngai.

Enchanted: A History of Fantasy Illustration has been organized by the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, Massachusetts.

Non-flash photography or video with a hand-held camera or mobile device solely for private, non-commercial use, is permitted in the galleries unless otherwise specified. Selfie sticks are not permitted in the galleries.

Exhibition sponsored by Susie Thompson

From the Exhibition

  • Anna Dittmann, Scottish, born American. I Dreamt I Could Fly, 2017. Digital print on paper, 12 × 12 in. (30.5 × 30.5 cm). Collection of the artist © Anna Dittmann

  • Tyler Jacobson, American, born 1982. Red Dragon, 2014. Digital print on paper, 10 3/4 × 24 in. (27.3 × 61 cm). Collection of the artist © Wizards of the Coast

  • Petar Meseldžija, Serbian, born 1965. Gandalf, 1999. Oil on Masonite, 34 × 26 1/4 in. (86.4 × 66.7 cm). On Loan from the Bantly Collection © Petar Meseldžija

  • Gary Gianni, American, born 1954. Daenerys Targaryen, 2019. Pen and ink on paper, 14 × 11 in. (35.6 × 27.9 cm). Collection of the artist © Gary Gianni

  • Eric Velhagen, American. Mulan, 2018. Oil on cradled panel, 24 × 24 in. (61 × 61 cm). On Loan from the Bantly Collection © Eric Velhagen