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10 Minute Talk: Meet the Curator

14:30 How were Rowlandson’s prints seen and used by their eighteenth-century audience?  Join Kate Heard for this free ten minute talk, including an up-close look at a decorative scrap screen- a rare survival of a popular method of displaying caricature pr ...

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10-Minute Talk - Leonardo: Illustrator of Anatomy

12:00 and 15:00 Speaker: Lauren Porter, The Royal Library In the winter of 1510 Leonardo worked alongside the Professor of Anatomy at the University of Pavia, and made a series of drawings of the bones and muscles of the human body. This talk will examine ...

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10-Minute Talk: Anatomy raised to a work of art

12:00 and 15:00 Speaker: Jennifer Scott, Curator of Paintings Among his earliest anatomical drawings, The Skull Sectioned is one of Leonardo’s most compelling anatomical studies. It was strictly anatomical in intention, yet, as this short talk reveals, it ...

10-Minute Talk: Approaches to portraiture

12:00 and 15:00 In this talk Jennifer Scott, Curator of Paintings, compares Hans Holbein the Younger's Whitehall Mural and Jan Gossaert's The Children of Christian II of Denmark to assess the function of and iconography within royal portraits in ...

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10-Minute Talk: Beauty and menace

12:00 and 15:00 Artists played an important role, not only in inspiring the complex and costly techniques employed in the decoration of armour, but also in its actual creation. This talk, from Armourer Simon Metcalf, will explore the links between the arm ...

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10-Minute Talk: Cellini’s bronze satyr and Leonardo’s costume design

12:00 and 15:00 The French king Francis I attracted prestigious Italian artists to his court including artist and draughtsman Leonardo da Vinci and the sculptor Benvenuto Cellini. This talk from Lauren Porter, Print Room Assistant, will look at a costume ...

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10-Minute Talk: Death meets everyday life in Bruegel and Heemskerk

12:00 In Pieter Brueghel the Elder’s painting Massacre of the Innocents, the terrible tragedy is set in an ordinary village in the Netherlands. In Marten van Heemskerk’s The Four Last Things, the last moments of man’s life on earth are depicted in a fanta ...

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10-Minute Talk: Dürer and the art of the goldsmith

12:00 and 15:00 ‘All kinds of wonderful objects of various uses, much more beautiful to me than miracles’: this observation was made by the artist Albrecht Dürer on seeing the gold and silver treasures presented to the Emperor Charles V. This talk from Ka ...

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10-Minute Talk: Dürer as a draughtsman and printmaker

12:00 and 15:00 Pupila Augusta is one of Dürer’s most enigmatic works. This talk from Kate Heard, Curator of Prints and Drawings, will look at the meaning behind the drawing and question why it was made, as well as exploring how the artist returned to the ...

10-Minute Talk: Dürer's greyhound - from drawing to print

12:00 and 15:00 Join Alan Donnithorne, Head of Paper Conservation, as he examines Dürer’s drawing of a greyhound and explores the ways in which it was transformed to take a pivotal role as part of his engraving of St Eustace. 10-Minute Talks are free with ...