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Portraits of Flowers


The Seduction of Japanese Paper


Rembrandt and The Hundred Guilder Print


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.

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