0085 Graphic Intersections: Erga, Parerga and Pro-Erga

  • Deanna Sheila Petherbridge (Author)
    University of the West of England, Bristol

    Deanna Petherbridge, Professor Emeritus, University of the West of England, Bristol is an artist and formerly Professor of Drawing at the Royal College of Art, London. Publications include Witches and Wicked Bodies, National Galleries of Scotland, 2013;The Primacy of Drawing: Histories and Theories of Drawings, Yale University Press, 2010; The Quick and the Dead: Artists and Anatomy, Hayward Gallery London and Chicago University Press, 1997. She was an International Scholar at the Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles 2001-2 and has undertaken residencies and lecture tours in India, Pakistan, Malaysia, Singapore, Australia as well as the USA. Her guest-curated exhibition Witches and Wicked Bodies Edinburgh will be represented at the British Museum, September 2014 – January 2015.

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The place where design and art intersect is drawing with its elastic capability of functioning as the whole, the preparatory and the supplementary work. Drawing doesn't only occur at the level of individual practice but can be part of wider "graphic events" where concerted acts of recording, performing, inventing and disseminating link diverse visual practices across time. Two such discursive events are discussed as paradigms: the accidental finding of the Villa Aurea in the 1480s in Rome and Alois Senefelder's lithographic publication of the illustrated Book of Hours of Emperor Maximilian I in 1808. Both were stylistically influential through the popularising of 'grotesque' configurations that unify heterogeneity through linearity.


Intersection of art and design, grotesque decoration, graphic events, linearity, lithography, ergon, pro-ergon, parergon, Maximilian I, Albrecht Dürer, Filippino Lippi