Challenging Materials: J. Reynolds & Artistic Experiment in the 18th Century
at The Wallace Collection, 15th May 2015

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Forthcoming Events

Challenging Materials: Joshua Reynolds and Artistic Experiment in the Eighteenth Century

Reynolds, Mrs Robinson ('Perdita')

A collaborative event organized by the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art and The Wallace Collection

Friday 15th May, 2015

Venue: The Wallace Collection, Goodison Lecture Theatre

About the conference

This one-day conference, which accompanies the exhibition Joshua Reynolds: Experiments in Paint at the Wallace Collection, is designed to investigate and contextualise the artist's famously experimental practice. Building upon the technical findings of the Reynolds Research Project at the Wallace Collection, and also on a range of recent conservation projects on Reynolds's paintings, it will explore his distinctive manipulation of paint as a medium. Papers will explore new perspectives on Reynolds's experimental forms of pictorial composition, narrative and allusion, and to look afresh at the dynamic interactions between the artist, his sitters and his models in the studio.

As well as focusing on Reynolds's own art in detail, the conference seeks to place his experimental activities within the context of wider artistic, cultural and scientific practices of the eighteenth century.

Confirmed Speakers: Mark Aronson, Helen Brett, John Chu, Cora Gilroy-Ware, Matthew C. Hunter, Rica Jones, Andrew Loukes, Martin Myrone, Marica Pointon, Martin Postle, Sophie Reddington, Lisa Renne and Iris Wien.

Programme & Tickets

For the programme and more information about each paper, please view the programme here

Tickets can be purchased via Eventbrite using this link
General Admission: £65 (+ admin fee)
Concession Ticket: £45 (+ admin fee)

Where and When

The conference will take place on 15th May 2015 at:

The Wallace Collection
Hertford House
Manchester Square

The nearest tubes are Bond Street (Central & Jubilee Lines - IMPORTANT please follow this link regarding major redevelopment) and Baker Street (Circle, District, Hammersmith & City, Jubilee and Metropolitan Lines), Oxford Circus (Bakerloo, Central, Victoria Lines) is a 10 - 15 minute walk. Marylebone Rail Station is approximately a 10-15 minute walk.