CANCELLED: Curator Lecture: William Breazeale on The Splendor of Germany: 18th-Century Drawings from the Crocker Art Museum

Sunday, April 5, 2020
2 PM

In this lecture celebrating the 150th anniversary of the acquisition of the E.B. Crocker collection, William Breazeale, the Museum’s curator of European art, will dive into the Crocker’s 18th-century German drawings and the fascinating network of artists, collectors, and dealers involved in its formation.

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.

Note, seating is limited. Advance registration is recommended.


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Fra Bartolommeo (Italian, 1472–1517), Playing the Lute, n.d. Black and white chalks on beige laid paper, squared for transfer in black and red chalks, 14 1/4 in. x 10 1/4 in. (36.2 cm x 26.04 cm), Crocker Art Museum, E.B. Crocker Collection, 1871.221.

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