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Lecture Program Enhances Special ExhibitionAt University Of Virginia Art Museum    
‘Masterpieces of European Drawing’
Selections from Musée des Beaux-Arts et d’Archéologie, Besançon, France

March 29, 2005 -- The public is invited to a series of lectures in support of the University of Virginia Art Museum’s special exhibition “Masterpieces of European Drawing,” on view April 9 through June 5.

Featuring 62 works from one of France’s oldest and most esteemed museums, this special exhibition illuminates the function of drawings with respect to their relationship with other artistic forms. Drawings featured in the exhibition by such masters as Mantegna, Rembrandt and Rubens reveal the virtuosity readily seen in paintings by these well-known artists. “Masterpieces of European Drawing” thus sites the connection among artistic mediums by illuminating the expressive function of drawings.

The works in the exhibition reflect the range of subjects and techniques by major artists working from the 16th to the 20th centuries in Europe and encompass a variety of media, including pen, pencil and watercolor. The exhibition includes works by other masters, such as Boucher, Courbet, David, Delacroix, Greuze, Matisse and Signorelli.

Not only is “Masterpieces of European Drawing” a rare look at works by undisputed masters, it also demonstrates the University of Virginia Art Museum’s mission to enhance Charlottesville’s cultural milieu with high-caliber exhibitions that explore the meanings, functions and processes of art.

This past fall, Besançon, France, and Charlottesville signed an official proclamation of friendship, the first formal step toward becoming sister cities. This new relationship affords the U.Va. Art Museum the opportunity to show this collection of works by 16th through 20th century European masters drawn from the holdings of the third largest public collection in France, the Musée des Beaux-Arts et d’Archeologie, Besançon. An illustrated catalogue, in French, accompanies the exhibition. A translation will be available.

LECTURE SCHEDULE:

Saturday, April 9, 2 p.m., Gallery Talk in the museum

Exhibition Curator Françoise Soulier-François, curator of drawings, Musée des Beaux-Arts et d’Archeologie, Besançon

Wednesday, April 20, 6 p.m., Campbell Hall, Room 153

“Cigoli, Drawing, and Florentine Art” by Miles Chappell, Chancellor Professor of Art and Art History, The College of William & Mary

Thursday, April 21, 6 p.m., Campbell Hall, Room 153

“Drawing as Drama in Eighteenth-Century France: Greuze and David” by Mark Ledbury, associate director, Research and Academic Program, The Clark Art Institute, Williamstown, Mass.

Monday, April 25, 6 p.m., Campbell Hall, Room 153

“Drawings: Techniques and Functions” by Lawrence Goedde, professor and chairman, McIntire Department of Art, University of Virginia

Tuesday, April 26, 12:30 p.m., Gallery Talk in the museum

Elizabeth Hahn, U.Va. Art Museum-McIntire Graduate Fellow

Friday, April 29, 6 p.m., Campbell Hall, Room 153

“Drawing in Sixteenth-Century Italy” by Mary Vaccaro, associate professor of art history, University of Texas at Arlington

For details about the exhibition and related programs, call (434) 924-3492, or visit the Web site at www.virginia.edu/museum.

The exhibition is made possible at the University of Virginia Art Museum with the support of the University of Virginia Art Museum Volunteer Board, Museum members, the City of Charlottesville, the Eugene V. and Clare E. Thaw Charitable Trust and a generous anonymous gift. Additional support is provided by Nicholas W. Acquavella, William Acquavella, Ruth Cross, Bertie D. Heiner, Ellen and David King, Dr. and Mrs. Henry C. Landon III, Dorothy H. Lawson-Johnston and Peter O. Lawson-Johnston, Sheridan and Thomas F. Nicholson, The Rotary Club of Charlottesville, Barbara and Martin Schulman, Whitney and Anne M. Stone Foundation and Wooter von Eldik.

Contact: Jane Ford, (434) 924-4298

FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Contact the Office of University Relations at (434) 924-7116. Television reporters should contact the TV News Office at (434) 924-7550.

SOURCE: U.Va. News Services

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