View of the internal façade and gardens of Villa Medici ©️ Giorgio Benni / Academy of France in Rome – Villa Medici

Scribbling and Doodling. From Leonardo da Vinci to Cy Twombly

Exhibition from 3rd March to 22nd May 2022

Opening of online ticketing from February 21st, 2022

By displaying works by masters from the early modern period – Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, Pontormo, Titian, Bernini, etc. – next to  those of major modern and contemporary artists  – Picasso, Dubuffet, Henri Michaux, Helen Levitt, Cy Twombly, Basquiat, Luigi Pericle, and many others – the exhibition reconsiders chronological classifications and traditional categories of art history (such as margin and centre, official and non-official, classic and contemporary, artwork and document) and places the practice of scribbling at the heart of artistic making.

Exhibition designed and organised by the French Academy in Rome – Villa Medici and by the Beaux-Arts in Paris
With the support of the National Museum of Modern Art, Centre Pompidou, Paris
In partnership with the Istituto Centrale per la Grafica, Rome

Francesca Alberti, Director of the Department of Art History at the French Academy in Rome – Villa Medici, Professor of Art History at the University of Tours, CESR

Diane Bodart, Professor of Art History at Columbia University

Associate curator:

Philippe-Alain Michaud, Art Historian and Curator at the National Museum of Modern Art – Centre Pompidou, Paris

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Luigi Pericle, Untitled, (Matri Dei d.d.d.), 1965, Mixed media on canvas, 80 x 129,5 cm

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