Newsletter Archive: Spring 2002
A Passion for Drawings: Collectors at the Courtauld
28 February — 9 June
The extraordinary range and diversity of drawings in the Courtauld Institute Gallery collections were brought together as the result of a series of magnificent bequests, assembled by several collectors with very diVerent motives, personalities and resources. This exhibition looks at the interests and passions of these collectors, and demonstrates the enduring appeal of drawing as an artistic technique. Featuring drawings by Cézanne, Rembrandt and Rubens, and major works by 18th and 19th century British watercolourists, this is an exceptional opportunity to view treasures from one of the worlds leading print rooms.
Pablo Picasso, Pigs c1906
Captured on Paper: Animals in the Prints & Drawings Collection
20 June — 22 September
How have artists depicted animals over time? What qualities do we attribute to particular species? What role have birds and beasts played in sacred and symbolic imagery and how were fanciful creatures perceived? This illuminating exhibition of prints and drawings will address these issues, and look at why animals have proved to be an enduring source of subject matter for artists.
Sir Anthony van Dyck The Adoration of the Shepherds
The Nativity of Christ: A Human History
10 October — 19 January 2003
Bringing together paintings, drawings and applied arts from the Courtaulds permanent collection, this Christmas exhibition will examine the changing representation of Christs infancy. A wide variety of images of the Nativity and Adoration spanning the 14th to 18th century will be related to textual sources, popular legends and artistic traditions and will be set in the context of religious developments in Western Europe during the period. Including celebrated masterpieces by Bellini, Tiepolo and Van Dyck as well as works never previously shown at Somerset House, this exhibition promises to be a highlight of the Christmas season.