New exhibition at Nationalmuseum explores how artists have depicted various emotions over the centuries

STOCKHOLM.- This spring’s big exhibition, Passions, explores how artists have depicted various emotions over the centuries, from the Renaissance to the present day. The artists represented include such names as Dürer, Munch, Rembrandt, Tony Oursler, Rineke Dijkstra and Bill Viola. Emotions affect us all, and the need to understand, communicate and make sense of emotions is therefore strong. But it can be hard to interpret our own emotions and those of others, and emotions have been seen very differently through the ages. Emotions have been depicted in Western art since antiquity. Passions – Five Centuries of Art and the Emotions thus concentrates on how artists have interpreted and portrayed emotions such as joy, sorrow, suffering and melancholy through facial expressions, gestures and body language from the time of the Renaissance to the present day. The exhibition also draws several interesting parallels between the ways that art, science, theatre and music deal wit