Curious Beasts of the British Museum: Animal Prints, Dürer to Goya

Curious Beasts of the British Museum: Animal Prints, Dürer to Goya

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Date and Time

Thursday, October 2, 2014 — Friday, December 19, 2014


Founders Hall, Robert and Karen Hoehn Family Galleries

5998 Alcala Park San Diego, CA 92110




Oct. 3 – Dec. 19

Robert and Karen Hoehn Family Galleries, Founders Hall

Gallery hours: Tuesday – Sunday, 12 – 5 p.m.; Thursdays, 12 – 6 p.m.

The first of three planned collaborations between USD’s University Galleries and the British Museum, Curious Beasts: Animal Prints from Dürer to Goya explores our enduring curiosity about the animal world through the beautiful and bizarre imagery found in prints from the British Museum’s unparalleled collection. Curious Beasts features 86 rare woodcuts, engravings, etchings, mezzotints and lithographs from the 15th to the early 19th centuries by the best known artists of these eras, including singular works such as Albrecht Dürer’s The Rhinoceros (1515) and George Stubbs’s A Tyger (1788), alongside other lesser known and seldom seen treasures. Because these works were typically small-scale, easily transported and comparatively affordable, the prints were also accessible to many levels of society and comprise a fascinating record of early modern imagination and creativity.

No other San Diego arts institution has ever collaborated with the British Museum at this level. At the opening reception on Oct. 2, Hugo Chapman, keeper of prints at the British Museum, spoke about Curious Beasts as well as the legendary holdings of his institution.

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