In this Up from the Vaults lunchtime talk, the audience was given a rare look at Hugh Ramsay’s sketch Satyr and unique insights by Dr Callum Reid.
The Dancing faun, currently in the tribuna of the Uffizi Gallery, was one of the key sculptures reproduced in casts for the National Gallery of Victoria Art School, where it was seen and sketched by Hugh Ramsay. This discussion explored the various lenses through which this artefact can be viewed, looking at the sculpture’s history, placement, reception and the key features translated onto the page by Hugh Ramsay’s charcoal.
Dr Callum Reid is an art historian and sessional staff member at the University of Melbourne. He completed his PhD there in 2017, examining the programs of collection and display at the Uffizi Gallery in Florence during the Grand Ducal era. His research fields include museology, printmaking, Renaissance and Baroque art and decorative arts, with a particular focus on the formation of collections, an interest honed by several years working in the art and antiques market. Reid has published in The Burlington Magazine, as well as several important books both in print and due for publication. He is currently writing a monograph on the early development of the Uffizi Gallery.