Crocker: Art History; Life Drawing

Tue, April 20 2021
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Four Tuesdays, starting April 6: A special lecture series with Curator William Breazeale, Ph.D.

Multifigured narrative subjects from mythology, religion, and ancient history were once considered the highest form of art, and life drawing — a fundamental preparatory step — was an essential skill for every artist. Join us for a special art history class based on the Crocker’s growing collection of life drawings from the 18th century and before, led by Curator William Breazeale, Ph.D. Learn about the practice of drawing the nude and its role in the Accademia di San Luca in Rome, the Académie Royale de Peinture et de Sculpture in Paris, and other academies. Registration closes April 2.

Trained at the National Gallery of Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Curator William Breazeale is the organizer of many exhibitions including The Language of the Nude: Four Centuries of Drawing the Human Body, A Pioneering Collection: Master Drawings from the Crocker Art Museum, and Reuniting the Masters: European Drawings from West Coast Collections. With a Ph.D. from the University of Maryland and a dissertation on Italian sketchbooks, he is the author of articles for Master Drawings including “Old Masters in Old California: the Origins of the Drawings Collection at the Crocker Art Museum,” “Nature and a new drawing by Otto Marseus van Schrieck,” and “Two Small Heads by Giulio Romano in the collection of the Crocker Art Museum.” In addition to coordinating major exhibition catalogues, he has organized exhibitions on Italian paintings and European and American prints for the Crocker, as well as serving as coordinating curator for many loan exhibitions hosted at the Museum, including 2015’s The Age of Albrecht Dürer: German Drawings from the École des Beaux-Arts, Paris.

$45 members
$75 nonmembers

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