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Going on these days in the Ars Graphica world:

We have a new post on our blog! Ars Graphica Polska visited "The Exhibition That Never Happened... Ignacy Łopieński (1865–1941) and the Revival of Printmaking" at the National Museum in Warsaw. In this blog post you will find a report of the event and a lot of pictures, both of the exhibition spaces and of the artworks on display.

📆 Reminder: the exhibition is prolonged until 8 March!

Ars Graphica Swiss invites all members to join them for their next event scheduled on 18 March 2020 at 6PM: the conservator Michaela Ritter will guide the group to visit her new atelier for works on paper. On this occasion a series of works will be presented and discussed under the point of view of restoration. In order to attend please sign up by writing an email to arsgraphicaswiss(at)



The Albertina in Vienna explores the origins of etching with the exhibition “The Renaissance of Etching. From Dürer to Bruegel”. Focused on the first 70 years of the etched print, the exhibition (in collaboration with the MET) brings together approximately 125 etchings which are shown along with drawings, printing plates, and illustrated books. Until 10 May 2020.

Among the 2020 initiatives made to celebrate Raphael 500 years after his death, the Kupferstichkabinett of the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin offers the opprtunity to admire six drawings by the Urbinate master along with drawings of his school and around 80 prints made by Marcantonio Raimondi, Ugo da Carpi, Agostino Veneziano and Marco Dente (Raffael in Berlin: Masterpieces of the Kupferstichkabinett. Until 1 June 2020).

2020 is also the year to celebrate Giovanni Battista Piranesi 300 years after his birth in 1720. Piranesi drawings: visions of antiquity at the British Museum presents the Museum's complete collection of his drawings. The display also considers fascinating questions about his practice raised by new research: the relationship between drawings and prints, his evolving style as a draughtsman and the involvement of studio hands in his later works. Until 9 August 2020.

Vernissage in Florence at Fondazione Il Bisonte per lo studio dell'arte grafica - 5 March, 6PM: Gianni Verna, "Le avventure di Pinocchio - Il Bestiario". The exhibition will last until 27 March 📌 During the week 2-6 March, Gianni Verna will hold a woodcut workshop at Il Bisonte foundation in Florence, get in touch with the printmaking school for more information!

Three new exhibitions can be visited at the Fondation Custodia until 10 May 2020:

* Studi & Schizzi. Drawing the Human Figure in Italy 1450-1700 * Anna Metz. Etchings * Siemen Dijkstra. À bois perdu


Master Drawings has launched the call for the 3rd Annual Ricciardi Prize of $5,000 given to the best new and unpublished article on a drawings topic (of any period) by a scholar under the age of 40. The deadline is November 15, 2020. The winning submission will be published in a 2021 issue of Master Drawings. See requirements here. Curious about the latest edition? The most recent prize winner’s work will appear in the summer 2020 issue of Master Drawings.

A very interesting AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Partnership training grant is available for a prospective PhD student starting in October 2020. The research topic, Early Modern Copper Plates at the Bodleian Libraries, will examine the origins and curatorial history of engraved and etched copper plates within the Bodleian’s collections, addressing historical and contemporary questions raised by the preservation of these three-dimensional printing matrices within a special collections library. The focus will be on 750 engraved and etched copper plates from the 17th and 18th centuries, part of the major collection of medieval manuscripts, books, and other antiquarian material bequeathed by Richard Rawlinson (1690-1755). This studentship is funded for 3 years and 9 months (45 months) full time or part-time equivalent. PhD student will hold their doctoral training grant in the School of Advanced Study in London, and will work in partnership with Bodleian Libraries at the University of Oxford. Apply by 16 April 2020, interviews to be held on 30 April 2020. All information can be found here.

The Forum BildDruckPapier will take place in Ravensburg on 24-26 May 2020. There will be German and English lectures about board games, playing cards, paper peepshows and several publishing houses e. g. Raphael Tuck & Sons, London/Berlin and Vlieger, Amsterdam. It is possible to sign up until 15 April 2020. The detailed programme as well as the registration form can be found here. Talks related to graphic art include:

· Rudolf Bönisch: "... and for my Clothing They Cast Lots." (Psalm 22,18) Prints and Panel Paintings About Throwing Dice and Playing Cards Beneath the Cross of Jesus

· Susanne Lang: The House of Cards in Political Caricatures

· Evelyne Verheggen: The Production of - to Be Cut out - Religious Prints in Folio: the So-called "Ceulse bladeren", a First Exploration

Plans for the summer? Check out the 4th edition of the Arezzo Summer Course on prints and print collecting in Italy! It will take place in Arezzo, Florence, Bologna, Città di Castello & Rome, 5-15 July 2020. This year's topic: "After Raphael. From Raimondi to Neoclassicism: Raphaelesque Prints in Italian Collection". To apply, download and fill in the form you can find here. Send it to arezzosummercourse(at) by 31 March 2020. ** 4 available grants --> deadline 15 March 2020!

The RISD Museum at Rhode Island School of Design is pleased to announce an opening for an Assistant Curator of Prints, Drawings, and Photographs (full-time, 35 hours, more details here). Submit your application by April 6, 2020

For those working in the field of maps: check out this call for Remediated Maps: Transmedial Approaches to Cartographic Imagination which will take place in Rome, 19-21 October 2020. The workshop is organized by Prof. Dr. Tanja Michalsky and Tommaso Morawski, Ph.D. The organisers invite researchers to submit proposals for 30-minute papers in English, Italian or German, by sending an abstract of max. 350 words and a short CV (max. 2 pages) to morawski(at) by March 10, 2020. The Bibliotheca Hertziana – Max Planck Institute for Art History will cover travel and accommodation costs for the speakers.More details available here.

New resources online: the French Institut National du Patrimoine has published EUROPAP - Vocabulaire du constat d’état en arts graphiques, a multilingual online dictionary of condition reports vocabulary for works on paper. Available in French, German, Italian, English and Spanish.

To read: three fellows involved in the Getty Foundation’s initiative The Paper Project report on their recent discoveries and experiences at the British Museum, the Ashmolean Museum and the Musée des Arts décoratifs (MAD) in Paris. You can read this blog post here on the iris –Behind the scenes at the Getty.

On 24 January 2020, Mari Carmen Ramírez, Wortham Curator of Latin American Art & Director of the International Center for the Arts of the Americas at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, delivered the Fifth Annual APS Distinguished Scholar Lecture in New York City. If you missed her lecture you can find it online here.


All the best from the Ars Graphica team!

Silvia Massa

AG communication coordinator


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