Workshop 1

Edinburgh, Scottish National Gallery, Clore Education Studio

1st October 2016

10 am-4 pm


This workshop was preceded by a lecture by Linda Borean and Laura Moretti entitled ‘Two Generations of Artists in Scottish Collections: Battista and Giacomo Franco: Draughtsmen, Illustrators and Publishers in the Context of Renaissance Venice,’ on Friday, 30 September 2016, 6-7 pm, at the Hawthornden Lecture Theatre (Scottish National Gallery).

A significant amount of the work of the Venetian artists Battista and Giacomo Franco is currently preserved in Scottish collections. Battista – born around 1510 and died in the early 1560s – was a painter, printmaker, and draughtsmanand also produced illustrations for printed books. His illegitimate son, Giacomo (1550-1620), was active as a draughtsman, engraver, printer, and publisher of books and prints. The lecture offered a broad view of the artistic and cultural context in which these objects were produced through an in-depth analysis of a selection of materials preserved in Scotland.

Workshop Programme

10:00 am – Introduction by Linda Borean and Laura Moretti

Presentation of the project Venetian Renaissance Prints, Drawings, and Illustrated Books in Scottish Collections, funded by the Royal Society of Edinburgh.

10:30 am – Presentation of the results of the surveys in Scottish museums and libraries, and of bibliographic research, completed during the first phase of the project, launched in March 2016.

11:30 am – Discussion of the structure and contents (by type of works, or by collector or by a combination of both criteria) of the small exhibitions which will constitute one of the main outcomes of the project, with the two-fold aim of deepening the understanding of the role played by Venetian Renaissance art in the Scottish culture of the past and of the present, and of disseminating the knowledge of these materials to a non-specialist public.

1:00 pm – Lunch

2:00 pm – Discussion of the structure and contents of the online exhibition to be hosted on this website.

3:30 pm – Concluding remarks by Linda Borean and Laura Moretti

Workshop Participants

Peter Black, Hunterian Art Gallery, University of Glasgow

Linda Borean, Università degli Studi di Udine

Michael Bury, University of Edinburgh

Godfrey Evans, National Museums of Scotland, Edinburgh

Aidan Weston-Lewis, National Galleries of Scotland

Peter Humfrey, University of St. Andrews

Laura Moretti, University of St. Andrews

Elsje van Kessel, University of St. Andrews

Genevieve Warwick, University of Edinburgh

Catherine Whistler, Ashmolean Museum, Oxford