The Great Wave: spot the difference
10 May 2020

Scientific researcher Capucine Korenberg zooms in on Hokusai’s world-famous wave and explores how subtle changes in the impressions and design can tell us about the making of this masterpiece.

Pushing paper: an introduction to contemporary drawing
2 April 2020

Drawing can be so much more than just pencil on paper. Curator Isabel Seligman takes a look at the dynamic drawings in our touring exhibition, and explains the creative process behind an exhibition co-curated with partnership galleries.

Rediscovering Dorothy Hawksley
26 March 2020

Curator Susannah Walker takes a closer look at the life and work of Dorothy Hawksley – a talented but enigmatic artist who remained independent of any mainstream art movements – and how a recent acquisition has helped shed light on her work.

Rembrandt the storyteller
15 July 2019

Rembrandt is one of the most well-known artists in the world, equally adept at rendering sensitive portraits as producing show-stopping compositions. Curator Olenka Horbatsch explains what made the artist such a good storyteller and takes a closer look at the details in his work you might have missed. 

Prints of darkness
31 October 2018

Our curators have picked 10 of their frightening favourites from the Museum’s Prints and Drawings collection – from ghosts to ghouls, and a witches’ Sabbath to skeletons…

Rembrandt’s depictions of women
8 March 2018

Today Rembrandt is considered one of the greatest artists ever, known for his remarkable drawing from life and attention to detail. However, not all of his works were met with praise during his lifetime. Curator Olenka Horbatsch explores how his naturalistic depictions of women caused controversy in the 17th century.