Odds and quads - 7 November 2013

November 7, 2013

This hand-coloured aquatint print (above, right) is based on an oil painting by John Webber, an artist on James Cook’s third voyage to the South Seas, depicting a Maori settlement in Queen Charlotte Sound in 1777.

Taken from a lavishly illustrated book owned by the library of Victoria University of Wellington in New Zealand, it is currently on display alongside the original as part of an exhibition in the university’s Adam Art Gallery, State of the Art: Reproductive Prints from the Renaissance to Now (until 20 December).

The aim, says curator David Maskill, senior lecturer in art history at Victoria, is to explore “how and why original works of art have been copied” and “the nature and value of such reproductions”. In the case of the engraving by Giorgio Ghisi based on Michelangelo’s fresco The Last Judgement (above, left), “you could argue that the print is more original than the fresco because it shows nude figures and reveals what the painting looked like before the Pope ordered the addition of clothing”.

Send suggestions for this series on the treasures, oddities and curiosities owned by universities across the world to matthew.reisz@tsleducation.com

You've reached your article limit.

Register to continue

Registration is free and only takes a moment. Once registered you can read a total of 3 articles each month, plus:

  • Sign up for the editor's highlights
  • Receive World University Rankings news first
  • Get job alerts, shortlist jobs and save job searches
  • Participate in reader discussions and post comments
Register

Have your say

Log in or register to post comments

Featured Jobs

Forrest Post Doctoral Research Fellow

University Of Western Australia

Research Fellow in Statistical Epidemiology

London School Of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (lshtm)

Phone Advisor

Gsm London
See all jobs

Most Commented

Felipe Fernández-Armesto takes issue with a claim that the EU has been playing the sovereignty card in Brexit negotiations

Female professor

New data show proportion of professors who are women has declined at some institutions

opinion illustration

Eliminating cheating services, even if it were possible, would do nothing to address students’ and universities’ lack of interest in learning, says Stuart Macdonald

John McEnroe arguing with umpire. Tennis

Robert MacIntosh and Kevin O’Gorman explain how to negotiate your annual performance and development review

Man throwing axes

UCU attacks plans to cut 171 posts, but university denies Brexit 'the reason'