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ยป Treasured Drawings: Christ Church Curators Reminisce

Treasured Drawings: Christ Church Curators Reminisce

28th June – 26th October 2008

Follower of Giulio Romano (mid 16th century)
Allegorical figure of Night, or Silence
Pen and greyish-brown wash


The publication combines two celebratory exhibitions – one of Old Master drawings selected by the Gallery’s previous Curators and the other documenting the history of Powell and Moya’s prize-winning purpose-built construction in which it is housed (28th June – 29th October 2008).

The catalogue is unique among exhibition catalogues, containing essays by a group of art historians, united through Christ Church Picture Gallery. Rather than purely academic essays from their field of research the contributors reminisce about their early careers in the Picture Gallery. At a time of growing interest in art, museums and the history of collections, these accounts are enlightening and entertaining. The individual essays are followed by a personal choice of drawings from Christ Church’s Old Master collection. Including such outstanding works as The Archer by an anonymous French artist of around 1400, the Deposition by Pontormo; Leonardo da Vinci’s Grotesque Head; Verrocchio’s Head of a Woman, which recently has been described as the most beautiful object in the possession of Christ Church; the idiosyncratic Jacone; the recently acquired Giaquinto - as well as Tintoretto, Raphael, Michelangelo, Bernini, and many more.

The contributors to this project, listed in chronological order of their tenure in the Picture Gallery are:

Christopher Lloyd (1967 – 1968), former Surveyor of The Queen's Pictures (1988-2005).
John Christian (1968 – 1974), consultant to Christie’s and an authority on Victorian painting.
Jon Whiteley (1975 – 1978), Senior Assistant Keeper at the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford.
David Alston (1978 – 1982), Arts Director for the Arts Council of Wales.
Joanna Woodall (1982 – 1985), Senior Lecturer at the Courtauld Institute of Art, University of London.
Catherine Whistler (1985 – 1988), Senior Assistant Keeper at the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford
Lucy Whitaker (1989 – 1996), Assistant Surveyor of The Queen’s Pictures.
Christopher Baker (1997 – 2003), Chief Curator and Deputy Director of the National Gallery of Scotland.
Jacqueline Thalmann (2003 – ), the current Curator of the Picture Gallery at Christ Church, Oxford.



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