July 19, 2017 by Jack Dziamba. New Post Goes Up Every Wednesday.
Raphael – The Drawings
“The Ashmolean’s captivating summer show brings together 120 stunning works from international collections spanning the brief but brilliant career of this Renaissance genius.
Aged only 37 when he died, Raphael’s fame in drawing had a transformative effect on European art over centuries. This exciting exhibition focuses on his extraordinary creativity, and shows how exploration and experimentation shaped his breathtakingly accomplished drawings.” (ashmolean.org.)
The museum states,
“The Ashmolean’s unrivalled Raphaels are joined by superb works from the Albertina and loans from other international collections including the Louvre, the Uffizi and Her Majesty the Queen. Drawings include the exquisite Head of a Muse, [below] which broke records when auctioned at Christies in 2009, as well as the sublime Heads and Hands of two Apostles, considered to be the finest drawing Raphael ever made.”
Fine Art in the New Media
As a blog devoted to reviewing the use of the New Media tools to make art accessible to everyone, everywhere, we would have to say that the Ashmolean exhibition site “Raphael The Drawings” does now allow us to see any of the 120 works in the exhibition as pictures to enlarge and study.
However, in the video below, Dr Catherine Whistler, Keeper of Western Art at the Ashmolean, and Fellow in Art History at St John’s, discusses three Raphael drawings the from different stages in the artist’s career with such insight and clarity that it should serve as a model of how an institution uses a video and words to describe visual art. This is something you are not likely to get, even visiting the exhibition itself.