Exhibition: Italian Prints in Adelaide

Posted in exhibitions by Editor on August 14, 2010

Press release from the Art Gallery of South Australia:

A Beautiful Line: Italian Prints from Mantegna to Piranesi
Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide, 20 August — 31 October 2010

Curated by Maria Zagala, Associate Curator of Prints, Drawings, and Photographs

Tiepolo, "Punchinello Talking to Two Magicians" from the series "Scherzi di Fantasia," ca.1743–57, published 1775, Venice, etching on paper 23.3 x 18.3 cm (plate & sheet) A.R. Ragless Bequest Fund 1975, Art Gallery of South Australia

Some of the masterpieces of Italian printmaking go on rare display in the Art Gallery of South Australia’s new exhibition, A Beautiful Line, which includes 135 prints dating from the mid-fifteenth to the eighteenth centuries by masters such as Andrea Mantegna, Titian, Tiepolo, Canaletto, and Piranesi. There are around 2000 Italian prints in the Art Gallery of South Australia’s collection but due to their fragility and sensitivity to light, they can be displayed only rarely. A Beautiful Line presents a once-in-a-generation opportunity to see the most outstanding works from this collection including many new acquisitions, showcased together for the first time, to tell the story of Italian printmaking from the Renaissance to the Rococo.

The exhibition offers an insight into the rich visual culture of Italy during this time by showcasing etchings, engravings and woodcut prints which emerged from the major printmaking centres of Venice and Rome, as well as Florence, Verona and Bologna. Among the highlights, at almost three metres long, is Stefano Della Bella’s commanding sixpart work, The Entrance of the Polish Ambassador into Rome, 1633. This important new acquisition is revealed publicly for the first time in this exhibition and is believed to be the only one of its kind in Australia. Other attractions include Andrea Mantegna’s Renaissance masterpiece The Entombment, woodcuts by Titian and his contemporaries, and G.B. Piranesi’s dark and evocative prints of imaginary prisons from the eighteenth century. Subjects range from scenes of the commedia dell’arte, Biblical stories, Roman Emperors, gods and goddesses, to views of cities and architectural landmarks, such as Rome’s Colosseum. (more…)

Call for Papers: Emerging Scholars of British Art at CAA

Posted in Calls for Papers by Editor on August 14, 2010

Historians of British Art: Emerging Scholars Session at CAA, 2011
New York, 9-12 February 2011

Proposals due 1 October 2010

The Historians of British Art, a CAA-affiliated society, seeks papers for an upcoming mini-session of work by emerging scholars to be held during the HBA Business Meeting at CAA in New York, Feb. 9-12, 2011. Current or recent graduate students (if a Ph.D. recipient, the degree must have been earned within the past three years) are invited to submit proposals for consideration. The papers may address any topic related to British art, architecture, and visual culture. Presentations or “works in progress” should be limited to fifteen minutes to allow for ample discussion. This is an opportunity for informal presentations of new or ongoing research followed by open discussion.

To submit a paper for consideration, send the following items to Colette Crossman, HBA 2nd Vice President, at colettecrossman@yahoo.com : (1) a one page abstract; (2) a C.V. (limited to two pages).; and (3) a brief cover letter explaining interest in the field. The deadline for submission is October 1, 2010. Decisions will be made by November 1. Upon selection, presenters are requested to join HBA if not currently a member.