Liotard: podcast round-up

Published 8 December 2015

From a curator’s introduction to the work of Liotard, to experts discussing the artist’s use of pastel and his depiction of costume, we present a round-up of podcasts on this eccentric and skilful artist.

  • Jean-Etienne Liotard was one of the most idiosyncratic figures of the 18th century, a master portrait-painter who depicted European royalty and the highest echelons of society with an unflinching realism. His chosen medium – pastel – revealed his technical virtuosity.

    Here, we present a round-up of podcasts exploring Liotard’s life and work.

  • Liotard: pastel pioneer

    In this podcast, curator MaryAnne Stevens gives an introduction to the work of the artist Jean-Etienne Liotard. Travelling across Europe to Constantinople, patronised by rulers, aristocrats and the professional middle class, Liotard was internationally acclaimed for his mastery of pastel and his unflinching observation of reality, which he brought to his portraits, genre scenes and exceptional trompe l’oeil compositions.

  • The evolution and conservation of pastel painting

    In this podcast, Tate conservator Rosie Freemantle and conservation curator Jo Crook discuss the development of the medium of pastel in the 18th century.

  • Liotard in London

    When Liotard travelled to London, his reputation was at its summit. This podcast, with curator William Hauptman, examines Liotard’s astonishing portrait work while there, his impact on the London art scene and his connections with the Royal Academy between 1773 and 1774.


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