Collecting Drawings: A Public & Private Affair

September 28–29, 2012

Program Schedule

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Curators, collectors and dealers will discuss the intricate relationship between the private and public spheres of collecting art.  The symposium is presented in conjunction with the exhibition, Drawn to Excellence: Renaissance to Romantic Drawings from a Private Collection on view September 28, 2012 – January 6, 2013.

Friday, September 28, 2012

4:00–5:00 pm: Smith College Museum of Art extended hours for Symposium attendees

5:00 pm: Keynote Lecture (open to the public)

  • Wright Hall, Weinstein Auditorium, Smith College
  • Revealing the Mind of Barocci
  • Nicholas Turner traces the visual logic of Renaissance master Federico Barocci as revealed through his Madonna and Child paintings with particular attention on the drawing Madonna Reading, with the Christ Child on Her Lap (on view in the exhibition Drawn to Excellence).  
  • Nicholas Turner, MA, formerly Deputy Keeper in the Dept. of Prints & Drawings, British Museum, London, and Curator of Drawings at the J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles 

Saturday, September 29, 2012

9:00 am: Registration & Coffee

  • Wright Hall, Weinstein Auditorium, Smith College

9:30 am: Welcome: Craig Felton, Professor, Art Dept., Smith College

9:45 am: Shaping a British Taste for Italian Drawing

  • Hugo Chapman examines the achievements of British collector William Young Ottley (1771–1836) and his significance to English collecting.
  • Hugo Chapman, Keeper of Prints and Drawings and Curator of Italian and French Drawings pre-1800, The British Museum

10:45 am:  Break

11:00 am: Rival Partners: The Collector and the Curator

  • Private collectors are often informed by personal taste in their acquisitions while Museum curators are guided by collecting policies and institutional budgets. Suzanne McCullagh explores how the parameters of these potential rivals serve to form mutually beneficial partnerships.
  • Suzanne Folds McCullagh (SC ‘73), 2012–13 Ruth and Clarence Kennedy Professor in Renaissance Studies,Smith College; Anne Vogt Fuller and Marion Titus Searle Chair and Curator of Prints & Drawings, The Art Institute of Chicago

12:00 pm: Complimentary Buffet Lunch, Carroll Room, Campus Center

1:30 pm: Conversation on the Art of Collecting

  • Moderator: Jane Turner (SC ’78), Editor, Master Drawings, Head of the Print Room, Rijksmuseum
  • Panelists:  Andrew Robison, Andrew W. Mellon Senior Curator of Prints and Drawings, National Gallery of Art
  • Mark Brady, Director, W.M Brady & Co. Inc.

2:15 pm: Closing: Jessica Nicoll (SC ’83), Director & Louise Ines Doyle ’34 Chief Curator, Smith College

  • Museum of Art


Support for the Emily Hall Tremaine Symposium has been provided by the Emily Hall Tremaine Fund through the initiative of Dorothy Tremaine Hildt ’49.



Image Credit: Gaetano Gandolfi. San Matteo della Decima 1734–1802 Bologna. Marta Gandolfi,c. 1778. Black, red, and white chalk with stumping on brown paper. Private collection.