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The Museo del Prado devotes its next academic Chair to the history of drawing Saturday, June 26, 2010

The history of drawing will be the subject of the lecture series of the Prado’s new Academic Chair. The lecture will be given between November 2010 and April 2011 and the series is directed by Professor Salvatore Settis, director of the Scuola Normale Superiore, Pisa, and author of a wide range of important publications. Between 1994 and 1999 Professor Settis was also director of the Getty Research Institute in Los Angeles, coordinating its scholarly activities and its relations with the international academic community.

The Museo del Prado devotes its next academic Chair to the history of drawing

Salvatore Settis. © Scuola Normale Superiore Pisa. NIPO 555-10-002-7

Sponsored by Fundación Mutua Madrileña, the Museo del Prado’s academic Chair is one of the most important initiatives within its Study Centre in the Casón del Buen Retiro due to the participation of leading figures from the museum and academic worlds. The initiative was launched last year with the programme Museums, where to next?, directed by Philippe de Montebello, former director of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, and the lectures from that series are now published in a book entitled Museums: today and tomorrow. This publication includes all the texts of the lectures given by the distinguished figures involved in the Prado’s first academic Chair (published in Spanish and English).

Entitled The Line of Parrhasius. Strategies in Drawing: experimentation, workshop practices and art history and directed by the eminent archaeologist and art historian Salvatore Settis, director of the Scuola Normale Superiore, Pisa, this new Chair will take the form of six lectures focusing on the history of drawing from antiquity to the time of Caravaggio and Rubens, its different forms of expression, its theoretical discourse based on antique sources, and the use of drawing as a process and vehicle for experimentation.

Principally aimed at professional art historians and archaeologists, university professors and students but also open to the general public, the lecture series of the Prado’s 2010 Academic Chair will take place between November 2010 and April 2011 in the Museum’s Auditorium. There will be an equivalent number of seminars, only open to 15 individuals awarded special grants, who will also benefit from free enrolment for the lecture series.

Enrolment

Enrolment can be made using the on-line form on the Museum’s website, www.museodelprado.es, from 28 June to 30 September. Places are awarded by strict order of application. The complete course fee is 250 Euros for the general public, 180 Euros for members of the Fundación Amigos del Museo del Prado, and 125 Euros for museum professionals, university professors and students.

Grants

The Museum will be awarding 15 grants that offer free enrolment plus obligatory, exclusive attendance at the series of seminars that will analyse the contents of the lecture series in greater depth. These seminars will be held the day after each lecture at the Museum’s Study Centre in the Casón del Buen Retiro.

The Line of Parrhasius. Strategies in Drawing: experimentation, workshop practices and art history

Salvatore Settis (1941, Rosarno, Calabria)

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