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 6 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

Most Commented

United Nations peace keeper

Understanding the unwritten rules of graduate study is vital if you want to get the most from your PhD supervision, say Kevin O'Gorman and Robert MacIntosh

David Parkins Christmas illustration (22 December 2016)

A Dickensian tale, set in today’s university

Eleanor Shakespeare illustration (5 January 2017)

Fixing problems in the academic job market by reducing the number of PhDs would homogenise the sector, argues Tom Cutterham

Houses of Parliament, Westminster, government

There really is no need for the Higher Education and Research Bill, says Anne Sheppard

poi, circus

Kate Riegle van West had to battle to bring her circus life and her academic life together