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Jacques-Fabien Gautier d’Agoty, French, Muscles of the Back, plate 14 from Myologie complette en couleur et grandeur naturelle (Complete Scientific Study of Muscles in Color and Life-Size), 1746.  Color mezzotint.  Philadelphia Museum of Art, Purchased with the SmithKline Beckman Corporation Fund, 1968, 1968-25-79n, TL42415.2.  Image: Courtesy of the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

Gallery Talk: Dare to Know: Prints and Drawings in the Age of Enlightenment

Harvard Art Museums / September 22, 2022


Join Margaret Morgan Grasselli for an in-depth discussion about the 18th-century invention of the multicolor, multiplate printing technique that laid the foundation for today’s CMYK process. Grasselli will examine several examples of this technique on view in the special exhibition Dare to Know: Prints and Drawings in the Age of Enlightenment, with particular focus given to Jacques-Fabien Gautier d’Agoty’s Muscles of the Back.

Featuring approximately 150 works on paper and other related objects, Dare to Know explores how the graphic arts inspired, shaped, and gave immediacy to new ideas in the Enlightenment era by encouraging individuals to follow their own reason when seeking to know more. An illustrated catalogue with 26 thematic essays—an A to Z exploration of the Enlightenment quest for understanding and change—accompanies the exhibition.

Led by:
Margaret Morgan Grasselli, Visiting Senior Scholar for Drawings

Gallery talks are limited to 18 people, and it is required that you reserve your place. At 10am the day of the event, reservations will open and may be arranged online through this form. The gallery talk reservation will also serve as your general museum reservation. If required, visitors will pay the museum admission fee upon arrival.

Please meet in the Calderwood Courtyard, in front of the digital screens between the shop and the admissions desk.

Please see the museum visit page to learn about our general policies for visiting the museum.

The Harvard Art Museums are committed to accessibility for all visitors. For anyone requiring accessibility accommodations for our programs, please contact us at am_register@harvard.edu at least 48 hours in advance.

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