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John Russell, British, Lunar Planisphere, Hypothetical Oblique Light, 1806.  Stipple and line engraving on moderately thick, slightly textured, cream wove paper.  Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection, TL42412.2.

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


Join graduate student Kacper Koleda for an in-depth discussion about John Russell’s drawing and engraving of the moon, depicting what he gleaned through a telescope. The works are part of 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:
Kacper Koleda, Ph.D. candidate in the Department of History of Art and Architecture, Harvard University

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.

Harvard Art Museums
32 Quincy Street
Cambridge, Massachusetts

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