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53 Broad Street Mall

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“The beauty of the human form…does not by any means reside in its superficial covering, but it depends essentially on that of the structures situated beneath” – John Marshall (Professor of Anatomy at the Royal Academy Schools, 1873-1891), Anatomy for Artists, 1883.

In 1883, the Victorian artist Minnie Jane Hardman produced a set of drawings displaying the supposed ‘muscles’ and ‘bones’ hiding beneath the marble ‘skin’ of classical sculpture. As a probationer in the Royal Academy Schools, a set of studies of this kind were a requirement to prove her working knowledge of anatomy.

Today, Minnie’s drawings form part of the Art Collection held at the University of Reading, together with over 60 studies displaying the full range of her practice as student.

Part 1 of this event will be held on Thursday 1st March, Art Historian, where Dr Naomi Lebens, Curator of Art Collections at the University of Reading, and British sculptor Eleanor Crook, will be leading an informal evening to view a selection of works from the collection and to find out more about the history of anatomy in art education and practice. Dr Lebens will set Minnie’s drawings into the historical context of anatomical education and approaches to the body in the Royal Academy Schools. Eleanor Crook, who has developed a practice in expressionist anatomical wax model-making, will reflect upon the representational strategies Minnie uses in the drawings, and compare Minnie’s anatomical education to her own, which also took place, in part, at the Royal Academy Schools. Eleanor studied at the Schools almost exactly 100 years after Minnie, where she specialized in wax modelling, lost wax bronze casting and other lifelike media. She learned anatomy and Forensic Facial Reconstruction to imbue her figures - more effigy than statue - with a convincing sense of life.

You can book tickets to Part 1 here, Anatomy for Artists, Part 1

Anatomy for Artists, Part 2

Jelly artist Julie Simmonds will be teaching a life drawing class focusing on learning how to draw the model using practical tuition techniques and basic anatomy intended to echo the Royal Academy’s life room. Julie will teach how to use graduated charcoal and pencil to draw the muscles and underlying bone structure of the life model.

Join Julie in this exclusive event which follows on from an evening discussing drawings in The Art Collection by Victorian artist Minnie Jane Hardman, the work of contemporary sculptor Eleanor Crook with informal discussion by Art Historian, Dr Naomi Lebens from The University of Reading


Materials required:

Bring several sheets of A2 off white cartridge paper, sketchbook for warm up drawings, 6B pencil, rubber and charcoal.

Image Credit:

Minnie Jane Hardman (née Shubrook), Study of a standing female nude, seen from behind, c.1883-1889, charcoal on laid paper, 46.5 x 32.5 cm, The University of Reading Art Collection ©Intellectual Property Office, OWLS000124-1

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