Date(s) - 17/01/2015
The Fitzwilliam Museum
Introduction and visit to the exhibition by Sally Woodcock, Painting Conservator.
Start the New Year with a specially arranged BAPCR visit to Silent Partners – an exhibition dedicated to one of the most beguiling aspects of technical art history…
“Silent Partners is a ground-breaking exhibition devoted to the artist’s mannequin. For centuries, the mannequin, or lay figure, was little more than a studio tool, a piece of equipment as necessary as easel, pigments and brushes. This major exhibition reveals the multiple purposes it serves – from fixing perspective and painting reflections, to being a support for drapery and costume – and shows how it gradually moved centre stage to become the subject of the painting, photograph or film, eventually becoming a work of art in its own right.”
BAPCR members will be given an introductory talk and accompanied to the exhibition by Sally Woodcock, painting conservator. Through many years of research into the Roberson Archive and nineteenth century painting practice Sally has developed an interest in the materials and mysteries of the artist’s studio. Her insight and involvement as a contributor to the exhibition and its publication promises a lively examination of this intriguing subject.
Silent Partners is one of the most wide-ranging and ambitious shows ever hosted at the Fitzwilliam Museum. The exhibition features over 180 paintings, drawings, books and photographs as well as lay figures and mannequins, fashion dolls, trade catalogues, a series of extraordinary patent documents and videos. The exhibition features works by Cézanne, Poussin, Gainsborough, Millais, Ford Madox Brown, Degas, Man Ray and Salvador Dali.