Alongside working at Buxton Museum and Art Gallery I am doing a part time Art History MA at The University of Manchester. In the past I have mainly worked with 18th and 19th century art collections but the MA has opened my mind to a whole new world.
I have just finished a module in ‘Renaissance Print Cultures’ which has culminated in a small exhibition at the John Rylands Library in Manchester, which runs until Sunday 26 October.
The exhibition ‘Imprinting the Imagination’ contains sixteenth-century woodcuts, etchings and engravings including work by Burgkmair, Albrecht Dürer, and Lucas van Lyden. Most of these prints haven’t been displayed before, so now is your chance to see them!
Working with the fantastic prints at The John Rylands Library and The Whitworth Art Gallery has made me think about the four Renaissance prints that we have at Buxton Museum and Art Gallery.
These prints are a bit of a mystery and are possibly not what they appear to be. An expert looked at them in the 1990s and thought they might be later copies or even downright fakes. It would be good to do a bit of research on them and try to get to the bottom of what they are. I feel a mini exhibition coming on!