CANCELLED: The Art of History: European Drawings and Narrative

Thursday, April 9, 2020
1 - 3 PM

Four Thursdays: April 9 - 30

For centuries, the highest form of art was history painting, the telling of instructive stories from religion, mythology, or ancient history in multi-figured compositions. In this course, we will explore drawings relating these episodes visually, from early studies through compositional works and beyond. A variety of European traditions, whether classicizing or naturalistic, northern or southern, will be the focus of this course.

Trained at the National Gallery of Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Crocker Art Museum Curator William Breazeale is the organizer of many exhibitions including "The Language of the Nude: Four Centuries of Drawing the Human Body", "A Pioneering Collection: Master Drawings from the Crocker Art Museum", and "Reuniting the Masters: European Drawings from West Coast Collections". With a Ph.D. from the University of Maryland and a dissertation on Italian sketchbooks, he is the author of articles for Master Drawings including "Old Masters in Old California: the Origins of the Drawings Collection at the Crocker Art Museum," "Nature and a new drawing by Otto Marseus van Schrieck," and "Two Small Heads by Giulio Romano in the collection of the Crocker Art Museum." In addition to coordinating major exhibition catalogues, he has organized exhibitions on Italian paintings and European and American prints for the Crocker, as well as serving as coordinating curator for many loan exhibitions hosted at the Museum, including 2015's "The Age of Albrecht Dürer: German Drawings from the École des Beaux-Arts, Paris."


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Anton Raphael Mengs (German, 1728–1779), Death of Dido, n.d. Pen, brown inks, brush, and brown washes over black chalk on buff laid paper, 18 1/2 in. x 15 3/8 in. (46.99 cm x 39.05 cm), Crocker Art Museum, E. B. Crocker Collection, 1871.75.

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