Metalpoint: Renaissance and Revival

Katherine Wodehouse, Print Room Supervisor
Event date
Event time
15:45 - 16:45
Ashmolean Museum
Beaumont St
Venue details

Western Art Print Room via Gallery 54. Meet at Gallery 21.

Event type
Lectures and seminars
Event cost
£5 adult / £4 concessions
Disabled access?
Booking required

At the end of the fourteenth century Cennino Cennini considered drawing in metalpoint to be more valuable than any other technique in the training of young artists. Raphael was one of the last great proponents of metalpoint in the Renaissance but the technique later languished, neglected in favour of red and black chalks and graphite. It was revived in the nineteenth century, predominantly by British artists who were interested in early Italian and Netherlandish art. This will be the opportunity to examine a variety of works in metalpoint, ranging from Rogier van der Weyden to William Holman Hunt.