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David to Cézanne lectures

A series that explores the relationship between painting and drawing, with a look at some of the mythological and historical subjects represented in the exhibition.

From drawing to painting (Fridays)
Far from being merely an alternative medium to painting, drawing was a core part of the 19th century painter’s practice. Many works in the Prat Collection are preparatory sketches or studies for complex paintings. Others are exercises in drawing en plein air, observational sketches or figure studies. This lecture series explores the relationship between painting and drawing, with special reference to works in the Prat collection.

The stories behind the subjects (Wednesdays)
The Prat Collection is rich in ‘history’ subjects – a genre that encompasses stories from Classical mythology (such as Psyche and Damocles), religion (the life of Christ) and French history (the kings François I and Louis XIII). Art historian Christopher Allen looks at some of the mythological and historical subjects represented in the exhibition, delving into the original texts and tracing the treatment of these subjects in art history.

Fridays 24 September, 8, 15 & 29 October 2010, 1pm
Wednesdays 20 October & 3 November 2010, 4pm

Free

Duration 1 hour
Location: Centenary Auditorium

Related exhibition: David to Cézanne

Terence Maloon

Balzac’s theory of drawing

 

Friday 24 September 2010 1pm – 2pm

Chiara O’Reilly

Romanticism and sensation: Gericault and Delacroix

 

Friday 8 October 2010 1pm – 2pm

Peter Raissis

Making modern history: Gros, Girodet and Gericault

 

Friday 15 October 2010 1pm – 2pm

Christopher Allen

The stories behind the subjects

 

Wednesday 20 October 2010 4pm – 5pm

Wednesday 3 November 2010 4pm – 5pm

Jennifer Milam, University of Sydney

Academic drawing practice in the French school: David, Prud’hon, Ingres
(NOTE: This lecture was originally listed for 29 October.)

 

Friday 22 October 2010 1pm – 2pm