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Placing Prints: New Developments in the Study of Print, 1400-1800

  • Research Forum Courtauld Institute of Art The Strand WC2R 0RN (map)

Joint Annual Renaissance Early Modern Postgraduate Symposium

Antony Griffiths (Oxford Slade Professor, former Keeper of Prints and Drawings at the British Museum and Co-Founder of Print Quarterly)

Traditionally, the history of printmaking has fallen in the space between art history and the history of the book. Often ‘reproductive’ and multiple in nature, prints have long been marginalized in art historical scholarship in favour of the traditional ‘high’ arts. The inherent complexities in the manufacture and sale of print, often involving multi-faceted networks of specialist craftsmen, artists, publishers and sellers, has also led to much confusion. Not knowing how prints are made has affected our ability to understand the medium and its aesthetic qualities. However, recent scholarship has opened up new avenues for placing prints in Renaissance and Early Modern Europe. From the techniques applied in the making of prints to the individuals involved in their production, distribution and use, current research is continuing to shape our understanding of this complex field.

Organised by Naomi Lebens, Tatiana Bissolati, Bryony Bartlett-Rawlings and Chloe Gilling (The Courtauld Institute of Art)

This event has been made possible thanks to the generous support of The Courtauld Institute of Art, CHASE and private individuals.

Ticket/entry details: £16 general admission (£11 students, Courtauld students/staff and concessions).


Or send a cheque made payable to ‘The Courtauld Institute of Art’ to: Research Forum Events Co-ordinator, Research Forum, The Courtauld Institute of Art, Somerset House, Strand, London WC2R 0RN, stating ‘Renaissance/Early Modern symp’.

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Earlier Event: 10 February
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Later Event: 22 February
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