THE PAPER GARDEN Portraits of Flowers ARTISTS AND WASHI The Seduction of Japanese Paper GREAT EXPECTATIONS Rembrandt and The Hundred Guilder Print DISBOUND AND DISPERSED The History of Illuminated Manuscripts Rembrandt Harmensz van Rijn (Dutch, 1606-1669), The Hundred Guilder Print, c. 1649, etching, drypoint and burin on parchment, 27.8 x 38.8 cm (imp.), Gift of Esther and Sam Sarick, 2006, 2006/274 Robert Holmes (Canadian,1861-1930), Wild Rose, watercolour on paper, 35.6 x 25.4 cm. Gift by Subscription, 1931, 2044 Paul Gauguin (French, 1848-1903), Nave Nave Fenua from the Noa Noa series, 1893-1894, colour woodcut on Japanese paper, 36.5 x 20.3 cm. Purchased as a gift of the Trier-Fodor Fund, 2005, 2005/64 Unknown (Italian, 15th century), Adoration of the Magi, ink, gouache and gold leaf on parchment, 13.0 x 12.2 cm. Formerly in the collection of Dr. and Mrs. Harold Murchison Tovell and purchased from their son Dr. H.M.M. Tovell of New York with the assistance of the Government of Canada through the Cultural Property Export and Import Act. 1987, 88/90 Wednesday, October 17, 2012 | 7 pm Wednesday, December 5, 2012 | 7 pm Wednesday, February 27, 2013 | 7 pm Wednesday, April 17, 2013 | 7 pm Molly Peacock, award-winning poet and author of The Paper Garden: Mrs. Delany Begins Her Life’s Work at 72, discusses the extraordinary work of Mary Delany, the 18th-century British artist who created 985 botanically accurate portraits of flowers in brilliant collages on black backgrounds. Explore the AGO collection of “botanical portraiture” by Canadian artists Susanna Moodie, Mary Evelyn Wrinch, Robert Holmes, David Milne and many others. Ponder the mystery of black backgrounds and investigate the psychology of the flower as a figure, seen with a poet’s eye for colour, rhythm and detail. In 1982 Nancy Jacobi began showing artists and bookbinders beautiful papers from the trunk of her car. Today she owns The Japanese Paper Place in Toronto, the world’s largest source of Japanese paper outside of Japan. Her particular passion is for traditional Japanese handmade papers; current production of high-quality washi remains virtually unchanged over the last 1,000 years. Handle samples of some of the best washi available today, learn about traditional and contemporary papermaking in Japan and, through works from the AGO collection, see how Rembrandt, Whistler, Gauguin, Munch, Goodwin and Motherwell, among others, admired and used this versatile paper. Rembrandt’s most ambitious etching Christ Healing the Sick came to be called The Hundred Guilder print when the artist exchanged an impression for the enormous sum of 100 guilders. Rembrandt, master printmaker and storyteller, used the Bible as a nearly limitless storehouse of narratives. In mid-career he strove to outdo all other masters and create the most complex print the world had ever seen. Did he succeed? Explore this and other highlights from the AGO’s collection of Rembrandt etchings with Lloyd DeWitt, curator of European art, and learn about Rembrandt’s technical virtuosity and extraordinary ambition. Assistant curator of European art, Sasha Suda, discusses the living history of illuminated manuscripts. Manuscripts were illuminated in medieval times to illustrate text and to help communicate its meaning. Text and image functioned as a single language to religious audiences. As devotional practices changed, the text in some manuscripts lost significance while the illuminations took on new meaning as works of art. In many cases, manuscripts were disbound and single folios or cuttings dispersed throughout the world. The talk is held in conjunction with the special AGO exhibition Revealing the Renaissance: Stories and Secrets in Early Florentine Art, on view from March 16 to June 16, 2013.