Ketty Gottardo

Martin Halusa Curator of Drawings

Ketty Gottardo studied History of Art at the University of Udine, Italy (Laurea, 1998), and later at The Courtauld (MA 2004, PhD 2012) where her research focused on Baroque prints and drawings.

Before joining The Courtauld as Martin Halusa Curator of Drawings (2016), Ketty held positions at the Louvre Museum, Paris, where she worked as a cataloguer of Italian drawings, was assistant curator in the department of paintings and drawings at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, Head of the old master drawings department at Christie’s in Paris, and associate curator of drawings at The J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles.

Current and recent exhibitions and projects

Ketty is currently preparing an exhibition on Parmigianino and the Art of Experiment, opening in the Drawings Gallery in February 2022. The show will examine the extraordinarily inventive and experimental graphic works by the Italian Renaissance artist Parmigianino (1503-1540) held at The Courtauld. The display will feature the most significant works from the collection, while the accompanying catalogue will analyse all the drawings, prints as well as two paintings. The exhibition is co-curated by Dr Guido Rebecchini, Reader in in Sixteenth-Century Southern European Art at The Courtauld, and involves also current and former Courtauld graduates.

Also in 2022, in the Autumn, The Courtauld will open its doors to Fuseli, Fantasy and Fetishism, an exhibition of drawings co-curated with Emeritus Professor David Solkin, which will examine an extremely significant but little-studied aspect of Fuseli’s graphic oeuvre. The subject of the exhibition is Fuseli’s intricate private drawings of modern women, typically shown fashionably dressed in the late eighteenth-century neoclassical manner but with hairstyles that take contemporary modes to highly idiosyncratic and extraordinarily elaborate extremes.

Cataloguing the permanent drawings collection is an ongoing project; a special focus is at present the group of Flemish drawings, which the Gallery aims to publish in full in late 2022.

Before The Courtauld closed for a major renovation project in September 2018, Ketty curated Antoine Caron: Drawing for Catherine de’ Medici (2018), and co-curated Drawing Together (2017) and Artists at work (2018). In 2020, after the announcement that The Courtauld acquired Gauguin’s last manuscript Avant et Après, Ketty revised the transcription and translation of the manuscript which is made available online in early 2021.