Mummies, Marbles and Medals: Why the British Museum has a Prints and
The lecture explores how the British Museum, famous today for its
archaeological holdings from the ancient worlds also have one of the
world’s greatest graphic collections. In examining this largely
accidental history, the lecture will also look at how prints and drawings
help us understand how artists planned their work, the historical
roots of fake news and what connects the world’s most valuable
baseball card to the birth of advertising in Georgian London.
Hugo Chapman has been the Simon Sainsbury Keeper of the Department of
Prints and Drawings since 2011, he joined the British Museum as a
specialist in Italian drawing in 1995. During his time there he has
organized shows on Michelangelo and Italian Renaissance drawings and
is currently working on an exhibition about Piranesi.
Speaker: Hugo Chapman, The Simon Sainsbury Keeper of Prints &
Drawings, The British Museum
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