The University’s popular annual History of Art Public Lectures is, in 2017, devoted to the theme of Drawing, to coincide with a major exhibition of drawings, Lines of Thought: Drawing from Michelangelo to Now, being shown in the University Library in January and February. Some 70 drawings from the British Museum’s outstanding collection are featured and include works by: Leonardo, Michelangelo, Durer, Tintoretto, Rembrandt, Rubens, Claude, van Dyck, Daumier, Victor Hugo, Rodin, Degas, Seurat, Cezanne, Matisse, Picasso, and Henry Moore.
Tuesday 17 January 2017, 6.00 pm, in the Middleton Hall on the University’s Cottingham Road Campus
Michelangelo drawings: the artist revealed
Hugo Chapman (Keeper of Prints and Drawings, British Museum)
Hugo Chapman is the Simon Sainsbury Keeper of Prints and Drawings at the British Museum. He joined the Museum in 1995 after a decade in the Old Master Drawings Department of Christie’s. He was curator of the British Museum’s exhibition Michelangelo Drawings: Closer to the Master in 2006 and was co- curator of Italian Renaissance Drawings from Fra Angelico to Leonardo with the Uffizi in 2010. His lecture will look at how Michelangelo invented on paper, used drawings as a dialogue and a weapon with patrons and friends, and how his drawings changed and did not change over the course of his long career.
Tuesday 31 January 2017, 6.00 pm, in the Allam Lecture Theatre on the University’s Cottingham Road Campus
Drawing Water: Drawing as a Mechanism for Exploration
Tania Kovats (artist)
Tania Kovats is Director of the MA Drawing course at Wimbledon College of Arts. She studied at Newcastle and at the Royal College of Art. She gained some notoriety with her early work Virgin in a Condom but is now concerned with nature, landscape and drawing. She was visiting Fellow at the School of Archaeology, Oxford University in 2006 and is joint author of The Drawing Book: A Survey of Drawing: the primary means of expression (2005). She will speak about drawing as a practicing artist, linking her comments on the cross-disciplinary nature of drawing to the Lines of Thought exhibition.
Tuesday 7 February 2017, 6.00 pm, in the Allam Lecture Theatre on the University’s Cottingham Road Campus
The Renaissance Revolution in Drawing
John G. Bernasconi (University of Hull)
John Bernasconi is Director of the University of Hull Art Collection and also a specialist in Renaissance Art. He will discuss the developments in the technique and practice of drawing during the Renaissance, particularly focussing on the influential innovations of Leonardo and Raphael and on works in the exhibition Lines of Thought: Drawing from Michelangelo to Now.
Tuesday 21 February 2017, 6.00 pm, in the Allam Lecture Theatre on the University’s Cottingham Road Campus
Lines of Thought: Drawing Dissected
Isabel Seligman (British Museum)
Isabel Seligman is the Bridget Riley Art Foundation Exhibition Curator at the British Museum. She has curated the exhibition Lines of Thought: Drawing from Michelangelo to Now, showing at the University and is the author of the book (published by Thames & Hudson) accompanying the exhibition.
Further information: J.G.Bernasconi@hull.ac.uk.