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William Playfair, Scottish, The History of Jacobinism, Its Crimes and Perfidies, 1795.  Red leather and marble bound book with etchings and engravings.  Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Gift of Patrice Higonnet, M21315.1–33.

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

Harvard Art Museums / December 6, 2022


Join conservation technician Yi Bin Liang for an in-depth exploration of 18th-century methods and techniques of book binding in a close examination of works on view in the special exhibition Dare to Know: Prints and Drawings in the Age of Enlightenment.

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.

Our galleries are full of stories—this series of talks gives visitors a chance to hear the best ones! The talks highlight new works on view, take a fresh look at old favorites, investigate artists’ materials and techniques, and reveal the latest discoveries by curators, conservators, fellows, visiting artists, technologists, and other contributors.

Led by:
Yi Bin Liang, Conservation Technician, Straus Center for Conservation and Technical Studies

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.

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