The Department of Art and Art History's Weintz Art Lecture Series presents "Drawing performances 1920/1600," a lecture by Nicola Suthor, professor of the history of art at Yale University.
Over the centuries, several illustrious European artists have performed the feat of drawing a figure from one continuous line to demonstrate virtuosity in drawing. The talk will look closely at two significant moments in that long history and unfold the artistry of those drawing "stunts.”
Pablo Picasso and Agostino Carracci produced different kinds of such tightrope walks that look surprisingly similar and seem to thus shrink the historical distance of nearly 300 years. And although their performative statements that define the "high art" of drawing within the course of the line come close, their messages are slightly different because they are imbedded in different periods of time.
Nicola Suthor is professor in the history of art at Yale University with a special focus on European art and art theory 1500-1800. Her research is an effort to understand how thinking about art comes to grips with thinking in art. Her present research project “Meta/Physics of Drawing: Trains of Thought and the Artist’s Line” deals with the entanglement of ideologies and practices of drawing in early modern Europe. She published on the painterly styles of Titian (Augenlust bei Tizian. Zur Konzeption sensueller Malerei in der Frühen Neuzeit, Munich, 2004) and Rembrandt (Rembrandt's Roughness, Princeton University Press, 2018), and on the concept of painterly virtuosity (Bravura: Virtuosity and Ambition in Early Modern European Painting, Princeton University Press, 2020).
This lecture series is made possible by a generous grant from Fred Weintz and Rosemary Weintz.
Image: Pablo Picasso. Picador and Bull, 1921-23. Black China ink, 24 x 31.6 cm. Musée National Picasso, Paris, France. © RMN-Grand Palais/Art Resource, NY.
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