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Rubens to Sickert: The Study of Drawing

24 Apr 2021-7 Aug 2021

Rubens to Sickert: The Study of Drawing explores how we learn to draw, and the lessons that drawing teaches. It is linked to Reading Museum and the University of Reading’s joint history as home to an important regional art school. Alongside key loans and works from Reading Museum, it highlights the 65+ master drawings held at the University of Reading Art Collection (by artists including James McNeill Whistler, Giovanni Baglione, Peter Paul Rubens, Walter Richard Sickert, and more) and explores the rich, wider history of drawing in modern British art schools.

A programme of online and in person events and activities, including with artist-in-residence, Saranjit Birdi, will encourage visitors to explore different approaches to drawing and representing the human figure. Please check for details.

This exhibition was made possible with a grant from the Weston Loan Programme with Art Fund and funding from Arts Council England awarded to Museums Partnership Reading via their National Portfolio Organisation programme.

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The exhibition is available for visitors to enjoy and explore in person after our reopening on the 18th of May.