New exhibition and book highlights Baillieu Library Print Collection

A new exhibition set to open on the 31 July in the Noel Shaw Gallery will showcase over 65 works from the Baillieu Library’s outstanding Print Collection. Horizon lines: The ambitions of a print collection focuses on Northern and Italian Renaissance printmakers, such as Albrecht Dürer, and Dutch Republic artists, including Rembrandt, as well as the British etching revival.

The selected woodcuts, engravings and etchings present a variety of perspectives on the ambitions of the artists who created them, as well as their collectors and scholars. The exhibition is staged as one of several activities to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Harold Wright and Sarah and William Holmes scholarships.

The exhibition is accompanied by a substantial hard cover publication. Horizon lines: Marking 50 years of print scholarship is a collection of compelling essays on Western print practitioners, print collectors and print history from the 15th to the 20th centuries. It further celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Harold Wright and Sarah and William Holmes scholarships, awards which link the University of Melbourne and the British Museum and secure a unique opportunity for print scholars from across Australia and New Zealand to study prints first-hand at the British Museum. These studies have benefitted several generations of print curators and academics as well as print scholarship itself. In Horizon lines, rather like a Festschrift, the essays by award recipients, have been written to honour the scholarships which inspired them.

Horizon lines: The ambitions of a print collection will be on display on the first floor of the Baillieu Library from 31 July to 8 December 2019. Copies of the publication can be purchased from the Grainger Museum or Readings Carlton.

Allegory of Life

Image: Giorgio Ghisi, Allegory of Life [detail], 1561. Baillieu Library Print Collection, University of Melbourne. Gift of Dr J. Orde Poynton 1959