Rubens at Reading

We are delighted to host a symposium to celebrate the conservation of three drawings in the University collection, including an original Rubens. The drawings have been restored by expert conservator, Elizabeth Sobczynski, as a result of the generous support of collector and Reading alumnus Nigel Pilkington.

The collecting , copying and the role of drawing will be discussed by a number of speakers including Professor Paul Joannides , University of Cambridge, Professor Jeremy Wood, University of Nottingham, and Professor Clare Robertson, and Dr Simon Lee , University of Reading.

There will be an opportunity to see the Rubens and other drawings in the university collection and also drawings in the collection of Nigel Pilkington.

Wednesday 8 May 2013, 2.00pm – 6.00pm
Museum of English Rural Life, University of Reading


2.00pm Professor Anna Gruetzner Robins Welcome and Introduction

2:15pm Professor Jeremy Wood ‘Rubens, portraiture and the early collecting of drawings’

3:15pm Dr Simon Lee ‘ Learning from ‘Homer’- Delacroix’s Studies after Rubens’

3:45pm Tea – Viewing of drawings, Elizabeth Sobczynski will speak about their conservation.

4.30pm Professor Paul Joannides ‘A Little More Daniele da Volterra and the Orsini Chapel

5.00pm Professor Clare Robertson (TBC)

5.30pm Reception

Admission is free. To register please contact: 0118 378 4313

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