Exhibitions & Displays: Past
Jenny Saville at the Ashmolean in association with Modern Art Oxford
23rd June 2012 to 16th September 2012
To accompany Jenny Saville’s major exhibition at Modern Art Oxford, and bringing together the historical and the contemporary, this summer the Ashmolean hosts a presentation of her work from 23 June – 16 September.
The Ashmolean will display two of Saville’s new ‘reproduction’ drawings in the Italian Renaissance Gallery, alongside works by masters Titian and Michelangelo. This collaboration forms part of an exhibition by Jenny Saville at Modern Art Oxford, running from 23 June - 16 September, her first UK solo show in a public gallery.
In a recent series of large-scale drawings Saville addresses the universal yet highly personal theme of motherhood, taking inspiration from masterpieces such as The Virgin and Child with St Anne and St John the Baptist, otherwise known as, The Burlington House Cartoon (1506-08) by Leonardo da Vinci. The drawings are delicate yet full of vitality, combining imagery from Renaissance works with Saville’s own contemporary sketches.
The Ashmolean houses one of the greatest collections of Renaissance drawings, including outstanding works by Michelangelo and Raphael. The display at the Ashmolean acknowledges Saville’s dialogue with art history that she has increasingly made a central component of her work.
Jenny Saville is based in Oxford, and is a regular visitor to the Ashmolean with her young family.
Image: Study for Pentimenti III (sinopia), 2011, Jenny Saville, Charcoal and pastel on paper. 200 x 152cm, Private Collection
Temporary Display | 23 June–16 September 2012 | Gallery 43 | Admission Free