From the Natural to the Fantastic—Italian Drawings, 1500–1650
October 17, 10:30–5:00
Space is limited; to reserve a seat, call (312) 443-3756.
In conjunction with the exhibition Drawn to Drawings: The Goldman Collection, the Art Institute presents a symposium examining the draftsman's transformation of nature into art. Speakers explore the tension between the imitation of nature and the creation of the idea, or disegno interno, of the most beautiful form in drawings from 1500–1650.
Moderated by Suzanne McCullagh, the Anne Vogt Fuller and Marion Titus Searle Curator of Earlier Prints and Drawings at the Art Institute of ChicagoMorning Session: The Cinquecento
Welcome and Opening Remarks
James Cuno, President and Eloise W. Martin Director of the Art Institute of Chicago
"Behind and Beyond the Self-Portrait: Andrea Mantegna between Reality and Fantasy"
Marzia Faietti, Gabinetto Disegni and Stampe degli Uffizi
"Between Nature and Artifice in Early Drawings by Francesco Salviati"
MarDavid McTavish, professor of art, Queen's University, Kingston Ontario
"Fantasy and Reality in the Early Life of Taddeo Drawings by Federico Zuccaro"
Julian Brooks, assistant curator of drawings, The J. Paul Getty Museum
"Drawing into Painting: Creating the "Fantasia" in the Capella di Eleanora di Toledo"
David Ekserdjian, professor of art history, University of Leicester
Luncheon for speakers hosted by the Goldmans in the Trustees RoomAfternoon Session: The Seicento
"Spinning Nature into Fantasy: Jacopo Ligozzi's Holy Family in the Goldman Collection"
Catherine Monbeig Goguel, Directeur de recherche, Departement des Arts graphiques, Musee de Louvre
"Transforming the Model: Between Nature and Fantasy in Bernini's Male Nudes"
Laura Giles, curator of prints and drawings, Princeton University Art Museum
"A Group of Female Heads by Pietro da Cortona Studied from Nature and Transformed into
Fantasia for the Frescos in the Palazzo Pitti"
Jorg Merz, professor of art history, University of Munster
The Divine Art—Four Centuries of European Tapestries
October 31, 10:30–5:00
Space is limited; to reserve a seat, call (312) 857-7138.
In conjunction with the exhibition The Divine Art: Four Centuries of European Tapestries, internationally noted scholars of tapestry join to provide an in-depth introduction to the Art Institute's collection of significant works from the 15th through the 18th century.
Welcome and Opening Remarks
Christa Thurman, Christa C. Mayer Thurman Chair of Textiles at the Art Institute of Chicago
"Rethinking a Masterpiece: The Resurrection from The Allegory of the Redemption of Man"
Elizabeth Cleland, Metropolitan Museum of Art
"Expected Recoveries in an Unexpected Place"
Nello Forti Grazzini, independent scholar
Break for lunch
"The Economics of Tapestry Making"
Filip Vermeylen, Erasmus Universiteit, Rotterdam
"Tapestry Production at Gobelins in the 18th Century"
Francois Pascal Bertrand, University of Bordeaux
"Plot Lines: Spoken and Woven"
Charissa Bremer-David, J.Paul Getty Museum
Exhibition viewing and overviews
Koenraad Brosens and Guy Delmarcel, University of Louvain
The De Wit Foundation vzw is the exclusive sponsor of the tapestry symposium event.
Guercino (Giovanni Francesco Barbieri), King David, c. 1635. Jean and Steven Goldman Collection.
The Emperor Sailing from The Story of the Emperor of China, 1716/22. France, Beauvais. After a design by Guy-Louis Vernansal (1648–1729); produced at the Manufacture Royale de Beauvais under the direction of Pierre and Etienne Filleul (co-directors 1711–22). Mr. and Mrs. Charles H. Worcester Fund.