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Lectures and Talks

Copying as Research: Uncovering the Secrets of the Master Engravers

06/27/2014 6:30–9 p.m.

Heinz Galleries, CMOA Theater



6:307:30 p.m.: Lecture in CMOA Theater
7:309 p.m.: Exhibition galleries open, cash bar in the Scaife Lounge 

Uncover the secrets of the master engravers with Andrew Raftery, professor of printmaking at Rhode Island School of Design.

In this lecture, Raftery will share insights on master artists included in the exhibition
Small Prints, Big Artists: Masterpieces from the Renaissance to Baroque and discuss his work with an important Albrecht Dürer research project conducted with the Sherman Fairchild Center for Works on Paper and Photographic Conservation at The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Looking closely at master engravings reveals remarkably complete information about artists’ choices including quality of line, direction of stroke, spacing, structure of hatching, depth of cutting, and the conditions of printing. Andrew Raftery is an engraver who uses copying as a research tool, and by copying these prints onto copper or by tracing onto transparent sheets, he gains a deeper understanding of the linear language of engraving and its relationship to the description of form, light, and space. Raftery collaborates with curators, museum educators, and art historians to reveal how each engraver used the medium to make images. The results of this research profoundly shape his own work and challenges curators and conservators to consider what is believed to be known about master prints.

Discover the Impact of Printmaking

June 28: Language of Line Workshop with Andrew Raftery
July 17–August 7: Extraordinary Experiments: The Prints of Bruegel, Dürer, Schongauer, and Rembrandt