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2 May 1519-2 May 2019

500 years since Leonardo da Vinci's death


Dürer in Genoa and in Bassano del Grappa

The Musei Civici in Bassano del Grappa (Vicenza) present 214 prints (123 woodcuts and 91 between engravings and etchings) by Dürer from the Remondini collection, the famous print publishers. The prints are on display in Palazzo Sturm, which has been recently renovated, and where the Museo dell'Incisione Remondini is housed. The exhibition will last until 30 September 2019 and several events are scheduled to accompany it: printmaking techniques demonstrations (4 May, 8 June) and conferences (4 May: Andrea Polati; 22 June: Giovanni Maria Fara).

The Huis van het Boek / Meermanno Museum in Den Haag presents the exhibition De Bijzondere Band, Art Nouveau-boeken van Dijsselhof, Lion Cachet en Nieuwenhuis (The exquisite binding. Art nouveau books of Dijsselhof, Lion Cachet and Nieuwenhuis - until 23 June). The three artists worked in the field of bookbindings, graphic art and design in a time when book design reached its apex (1890-1910). The core of the exhibition consists of objects from the Van Wisselingh workshop, established in 1838, where the three artists worked. Highlights include hand-coloured example of Kunst en samenleving by Dijsselhof, the portfolio cabinet by Nieuwenhuis and a number of deluxe editions of the so-called Rembrandt portfolio, made by Lion Cachet for the 1898 Rembrandt exhibition.


4-5 May: first Bruegel weekend at the Museum Plantin-Moretus in Antwerp, where prints by Pieter Bruegel will be on display this Saturday and Sunday from 10AM to 5PM. The curators of the print room will be there to tell you all about the prints! Sign up and find more about it following this link !

12 May: at 10.30AM Virginie D’haene will be giving a lecture on European old master drawings house in the Bruges print room, a selection of which has recently been published in a new catalogue for the exhibition De sleutel tot alle kunsten. Meestertekeningen uit het Brugse prentenkabinet

14 May: research seminar with Michael J.Waters on Renaissance Architectural Prints and the Cultural Techniques of Copying at the Bibliotheca Hertziana, 1.30PM.

15 May: the Sala delle Asse in the Castello Sforzesco in Milan will open again after having been closed since 2013. Not only will Leonardo Da Vinci's famous trompe l'oeil be visible again, the event will be also accompanied by other multimedia (and botanical) presentations and by the exhibition Intorno alla Sala delle Asse. Leonardo tra Natura, Arte e Scienza curated by Claudio Salsi. The exhibition, on view in

the Sala dei Ducali, open until 18 August, is part of the events organised by the city of Milan to remember Leonardo da Vinci after in the 500 years since his death. It will present a selection of original drawings by Leonardo and other Renaissance artists that have similarities with the decoration of the Sala delle Asse.

Photo: Paolo Monti, Sala delle Asse (1980).


AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Partnership: Cultural Snipers: Photographic Portraiture in Britain, 1970-1990. The fully-funded PhD will be supervised jointly by Professor Patrizia Di Bello, lecturer on the history of photography at Birkbeck and co-director of the History and Theory of Photography Research Centre, and Dr Sabina Jaskot-Gill, Curator of Photographs at the National Portrait Gallery. Apply by 10 May!

Two-year curatorial Fellowship in Photography at the V&A London, supported by The Bern Schwartz Family Foundation (starting September 2019). The purpose of the Fellowship is to develop further expertise in the history of photography by researching the collections of the V&A while gaining vital curatorial experience working in a museum. Further information here, apply by 27 May.


The Biblioteca Ambrosiana in Milan, where Leonardo da Vinci's Codex Atlanticus is housed, has just launched the website (created by the society for information design The Visual Agency), an interactive application that allows to browse through and explore all pages of the Codex.

The pages can be researched and filtered according to subject matter, argument, date of creation and “page number”.

A short presentation video is available here.


News from our satellites!

Tomorrow AG London will be visiting the exhibition Elizabethan Treasures: Miniatures by Hilliard and Oliver at the National Portrait Gallery. The visit will be preceded by a brief introduction from Dr Charlotte Bolland, Senior Curator, Research and 16th Century Collections.

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Silvia Massa

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