Sir Joshua Reynolds in Rome, 1750-1752

Wednesday 16 October 2013 18.00-19.30

Sir Joshua Reynolds in Rome, 1750-1752

 

The study of Sir Joshua’s extant sketchbooks provides valuable insights into his method and taste, as it integrates information extract from his writings, most notably his Discourses. The identification of the art works he sketched is often challenging, for he rarely analyzed the whole of a composition, as he tended to focus on minor yet innovative details instead, occasionally modifying their aspect to suit his own, different, purposes. He also selected obscure works by little known artists, or pictures that have long disappeared, whether lost or destroyed.  Furthermore, his highly idiosyncratic style of drawing offers few clues as to the identification or dating of his models. A survey of the art works identified as having been sketched during his two-year stay in Rome affords a unique chance to monitor his artistic formation and compare his selection against the received wisdom of his time.

Giovanna Perini Folesani (Università degli Studi di Urbino)