Drawing (but not Quartering) in the Middle Ages

Friday, July 17, 2009

Artists in the Middle Ages explored the medium of drawing with some surprising results. We’ll speak with Melanie Holcomb, Associate Curator of Medieval Art at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, about the exhibition "Pen and Parchment: Drawing in the Middle Ages". It's on view through through August 23rd.

Event: Melanie Holcomb will be introducing Edward Tufte, a leading authority on Information Design, at a free lecture
Sunday, July 19th, 3:00-4:00 pm
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
1000 5th Avenue


Melanie Holcomb

Comments [6]

David Hume from Staten Island, NY


Wow. Great show. More Counter Enlightenment stuff please. Isiah Berlin or G.K. Chesterton would be great.
The modern world is living in the Enlightenment and Renaissance and going in the wrong direction. Leonard open up this can of worms.


Jul. 21 2009 11:42 PM
Eileen Willis from New York, New York

The Metropolitan Museum also has a blog dedicated to the exhibition, which includes additional commentary by and discussion with Melanie Holcomb and other members of the curatorial department:

Jul. 20 2009 11:28 AM
JLow from Upper East Side

Great interview today. Melanie, my family loved your great exhibition at the Met. Will go again this weekend. Looking forward to Edward Tufte's talk on Sunday too. It should be great.

Jul. 17 2009 05:03 PM
miriam shapiro from rochester, NY

Melanie, we loved the exhibit, but I learned so much more listening to you today. You certainly are not only knowledgeable but your passion for the artists is inspirational.

Jul. 17 2009 01:11 PM
Chris Hale from upper West side

I used to paint and I went through a phase where I used medieval paintings for inspiration. I found that Renaissance drawing and painting lost some of the spiritual/symbolic qualities of medieval painting. It was the focus on representation and the introduction of perspective that crowded out the symbolic representations that at first glance appeared naïve yet transmitted a much more immediate and symbolically rich expression.

Jul. 17 2009 12:58 PM from NYC

van gogh's drawings seem to me to have a lot in common with middle ages drawings, espeacially the later ones. is that the case?

Jul. 17 2009 12:57 PM

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