Current Exhibitions and Displays
Antoine Caron: Drawing for Catherine de’ Medici
18 January – 15 April 2018
The Drawings Gallery
This focused international loan exhibition, the first dedicated to the drawings of Antoine Caron, brings together a celebrated group of drawings executed by Caron (1521-1599) for his patron Queen Catherine de’ Medici of France (1519-1589). Centered around the Valois series, a set of drawings of courtly pageantry here reunited for the first time, the display will showcase the way in which the powerful and influential Catherine promoted herself and her dynasty through a series of lavish courtly events. Created as preparatory designs for tapestries, the drawings capture in minute detail jousts, tournaments, festivals and a mock naval battle that were presented at the French court between 1573 and 1581, during the reigns of Catherine’s sons Charles IX and Henri III.
A ‘puzzle jug’ from Saintonge in Western France
From 14 February 2018
Illuminating Objects Display
The craft of making the pierced motifs of the jug’s exterior wall.
Anabel Hazeldine, a Masters student in Graphic Communication Design at Central Saint Martins, London, examines the design and manufacturing of a double-walled piece, a ‘puzzle jug’ from Saintonge in Western France.
Future Exhibitions and Displays
Artists at Work
3 May 2018 – 15 July 2018
The Drawings Gallery
This trans-historical exhibition of drawings is devoted to the subject of the artist at work. Drawn principally from a very fine specialist private collection, this display will focus on depictions of artists’ studios, symbolic, actual and religious as well as depictions of self or others at work. Art historians have interpreted these themes variously as the means of elevating the social and economic status of artists; of illustrating the marriage of intellectual knowledge and practical skill proposed by academic theorists, or as sophisticated allegories of the philosophical significance of visual art. Even at the most pragmatic level of recording the clutter of the everyday studio, drawing human models or antique casts in an academy, or small figures sketching in landscape, works with these subjects are imbued with layers of meaning. This focused exhibition, spanning from the 16th to the 20th centuries, proposes to explore this rich subject matter through a carefully selected group of graphic works.
This exhibition is curated by Deanna Petherbridge, author of The Primacy of Drawing, in collaboration with Anita Sganzerla.