The Beaumont Medical Club of Connecticut
GEORGE ROSEN MEMORIAL LECTURE
How Rubens Taught Himself Anatomy- A Look at his Anatomical Drawings
FRIDAY, March 26, 2010, 5:00—6:00 PM
Anne-Marie Logan received her PhD. from the University of Zurich and moved to Connecticut shortly thereafter. She was first introduced to the study of drawings during her work on the Catalogue of European Drawings and Watercolors 1500-1900 in the Yale University Art Gallery (Yale University Press, 1970) in collaboration with Professor E. Haverkamp-Begemann. A 5-year grant from the National Endowment of the Humanities to begin a catalogue raisonné of all the drawings by Peter Paul Rubens (1577-1640) followed. Her work at Yale continued in the British Art Center, where she was the head of the Art Reference Library, Photo Archive, and Computerized Index of British Art. Following her retirement George Goldner, Drue Heinz Chairman, Department of Drawings and Prints, invited her in 2000-01 to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York as the J. Clawson Mills Fellow. Soon after her arrival he suggested she organize an exhibition of about one hundred of the best Rubens drawings from collections worldwide to be shown at the Albertina in Vienna (2004, in German) and at the Metropolitan Museum of Art: Peter Paul Rubens: The Drawings (2005, in collaboration with Michiel Plomp; published by Yale University Press). Her manuscript of the Rubens drawings is scheduled to be published by Brepols in Belgium in 2012 as part of the Pictura Nova series.
In 1987 ten, previously unknown anatomical drawings by Rubens came up for sale at Christie’s in London (July 6, lots 57-67). The present lecture will discuss how these and other Rubens drawings allow us to see how he learned and absorbed human anatomy.