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The Printed Word: image, text and meaning in European prints


  • Barber Institute University of Birmingham Birmingham United Kingdom (map)

This thematic display explores the various ways in which text is used to provide meaning and content to visual images in the print medium. It considers the relationship between portraits and inscriptions; the role of literary references in historical images; styles of lettering used in the printed word; and the use of text as an integral element of a composition. The display draws upon numerous forms of printed material, including those intended for periodicals and posters, and focuses on works made between the 16th and the 20th centuries by or after a diverse selection of artists, including Robert Nanteuil, Samuel Palmer, George Grosz, Goya and Joan Miró.

The link to information about the display is available here

Free gallery talks about the display take place at 11.30am and 1.15pm (repeat) on Tuesday 22 October.

Beige Gallery Print Bay, 18 October 2019 – 26 January 2020

Earlier Event: October 10
Post-war printing
Later Event: October 31
Type Talks: Prof Ian McClaren