At 5:30 a.m. on 18 March 1778, John Soane (1753–1837) set off on a long journey to Italy. The two years he spent on the Grand Tour were to be the most formative of his career. Arriving first in Rome, Soane headed south to Naples, Pompeii and Paestum, and then north to Mantua, Parma, Vicenza, Padua and Venice among other places. For the young architect, as for many others before and after him, the experience of studying at first hand so many of the buildings he had previously known only from images and written accounts was a revelation. It was not simply the things that Soane saw that stayed with him, however, but also the people he met, among whom none was more influential than the architect-draughtsman Giovanni Battista Piranesi (1720–78).
“Banco! Banqueroute!” The Malassis do Money
- by Rachel Stella
- Rachel Stella analyzes faux monetary screenprints of the French 1970s Coopérative des Malassis.
Notgeld Serienscheine, briefly
- by David Storey
- Artist David Storey writes about early 20th-century German emergency money.
Etcher Sketch: A Conversation with Nadine Orenstein and Freyda Spira About “The Renaissance of Etching”
- by Catherine Bindman
- Catherine Bindman speaks with curators Nadine Orenstein and Freyda Spira.
A Study in Light: New Prints by Chris Ofili
- by Re'al Christian
- Re’al Christian introduces two new etching series by Chris Ofili that encompass natural beauty and human tragedy.
Slicing Modern Life: Grosvenor School Linocuts
- by David Trigg
- David Trigg calls attention to the bright, dynamic world of Grosvenor School linocuts.