St John's College Oxford

Professor Catherine Whistler awarded British Academy Medal

Date 21 August 2018

Congratulations to Professor Catherine Whistler, Keeper of Western Art at the Ashmolean Museum and Supernumerary Fellow, on the award of a British Academy Medal.

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Professor Whistler has been awarded the British Academy Medal for Venice and Drawing, 1500-1800: Theory, Practice and Collection (Yale University Press, 2016). The Medal is given for a landmark academic achievement in any of the humanities and social science disciplines supported by the Academy.

In Venice and Drawing Professor Whistler challenges long-standing assumptions about Venetian art and the status of drawing, as an art and an act, from the Renaissance to the age of the Grand Tour. Her analysis shows that 16th-century Venetian artists and writers had a highly developed sense of the role and importance of drawing in art.

In the video below, Professor Whistler discusses in detail three drawings by Raphael, an artist whose work was admired and collected in Venice.

Venice and Drawing previously won the 2017 Choice Award for Outstanding Academic Title.