After Michelangelo, Past Picasso: Leo Steinberg’s Library of Prints
February 07, 2021
May 09, 2021
About the Exhibition
Leo Steinberg was the rare art historian who turned his inquisitive eye and captivating prose to both Renaissance and modern art. His astonishingly wide-ranging scholarship addresses such canonical artists as Michelangelo Buonarroti, Leonardo da Vinci, Peter Paul Rubens, Pablo Picasso, and Jasper Johns. While Steinberg’s significance to the field of art history is widely acknowledged, his activity as a print collector is less well-known. Beginning in the early 1960s with only the meager budget of a part-time art history professor, Steinberg amassed a collection that comprehensively illustrates the history of European printmaking. Akin to books on a shelf, Steinberg’s prints formed a visual library that shaped his scholarship in fundamental ways. Selections from his over 3500 prints will illuminate Steinberg’s insight that prints are the “circulating lifeblood of ideas,” disseminating compositions, motifs, and styles across geographic, material and temporal boundaries, while also presenting highlights of the European printmaking tradition.
Organized by Holly Borham, Associate Curator, Prints & Drawings, Blanton Museum of Art
An audio tour to complement this exhibition is available via cell phone on (512) 590-8360. PDF transcriptions for each audio recording are accessible via QR code in the galleries.
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After Michelangelo, Past Picasso: Leo Steinberg’s Library of Prints is organized by the Blanton Museum of Art.
Major funding for this exhibition and the accompanying catalogue is provided by the Getty Foundation through The Paper Project, with additional support from Leslie Shaunty and Robert Topp, the Scurlock Foundation Exhibition Endowment, and the IFPDA Foundation.
Ars Longa, After Michelangelo, Past Picasso: Leo Steinberg’s Library of Prints
artnet, A New Show of Leo Steinberg’s Print Collection Reveals the Critic’s Deep Appreciation for the Medium’s ‘Circulating Lifeblood of Ideas’
The Art Newspaper, Unorthodox preacher: Leo Steinberg’s prints helped explore and explain his sometimes controversial theories
Austin Monthly, 5 Must-See Exhibits to Visit in February
CBS Austin, #TBT: Blanton Museum offers a chance to ‘time travel’ with 200 prints on display
Hyperallergic, How Leo Steinberg Saw the Profound Importance of Prints Before Most
Feature Image Credit
[Left Image] Giorgio Ghisi, The Prophet Jeremiah, after Michelangelo, early 1570s, (detail) 11 13/16 x 17 in., engraving, Blanton Museum of Art, The University of Texas at Austin, The Leo Steinberg Collection, 2002
[Right Image] Pablo Picasso, Seated Girl, frontispiece to Recordant el Doctor Reventós, 1951, (detail), engraving and drypoint, 11 7/16 x 9 1/16 in., Blanton Museum of Art, The University of Texas at Austin, The Leo Steinberg Collection, 2002 © 2021 Estate of Pablo Picasso / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York