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Drawing the Cast, The Emulation of Aesthetic
Values, Five Études of the Apollo Belvedere by Lisa
J. Sawlit, Foreword by Juliette Aristedes, Introduction by Graydon
Parrish, 46 pages. 31 plates, 2008. Price: $100 (signed by the
If you would like to purchase a signed edition
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THIS LIMITED EDITION MONOGRAPH ORIGINATED from
Sawlits Masters of Fine Arts thesis exhibition, Drawing
the Cast: A Return to Wisdom, Knowledge, and Beauty, which
exhibited at Tufts University in May 2007.
Leland M. Roth wrote in his book, American
Architecture: A History, As the pace of technological
and cultural change quickened and intensified, so the need for
emotional security through historical associationalism in architecture
became more insistent. Parallels can be drawn to the responses
that have taken place in art to the technological and cultural
changes being experienced today.
Conceived as an educational site-specific art
installation, Sawlits touring thesis exhibition demonstrates
and tests the relevance of the antique replica within the changing
climate of todays postmodern art world. With a focus on
aesthetic emulation, her thesis interlaces art, architecture,
and philosophical discourse, providing viewers with primary
source links between historical periods, style, and curatorial
practices. These building blocks are assembled together in a
novel way to create an integrated model of classical antiquity
and poststructural modes of display.
Beyond Sawlits curatorial oeuvre and textual
thesis are her drawings of the legendary antique the Apollo
Belvedere. Taken from original casts by Pietro Paulo Caproni
(18621928), Sawlits cast drawings are the first
known attempt in history to render this famed sculpture in the
round and to contextualize them in a twenty-firstcentury
Based on the French Academic method illustrated
in Cours de Dessin by Charles Bargue and Jean-Léon
Gérôme, Sawlits drawings present a remarkable
display of the drawing standards used by the old masters. The
drawings and their educational presentation demonstrate the
studio practices of classical art training that have disappeared
from nearly every one of todays educational art institutions.
Sawlit points back in time to the Boston Museum Schools
forgotten legacy as an école des beaux-arts and retraces
its lost historical lineage to Raphael and Leonardo.
Notably Cours de Dessin was published in
its first unabridged edition in 2003 by Gerald Ackerman and
co-authored by Sawlits thesis advisor Graydon Parrish,
who writes on the artists behalf in this publication.
Of this exhibition, Amy Ingrid Schlegel, Ph.D.,
Director of Galleries and Collections at Tufts University, wrote:
[...Sawlits] work is probably the strongest conceptually,
art historically, and certainly in terms of draftsmanship that
Ive seen from the MFA candidates in the three-plus years
I have been director here.
Sawlits exhibition has since grown in scope.
The tour has become widely admired as a teaching exhibition
for artists, curators, and the public at large.
PUBLISHED FOR THE OCCASION OF THE EXHIBITION LAcadémie
Française: A Lineage from Leonardo, Drawings and Paintings
in Grisaille by Lisa J. Sawlit, at The French Library Alliance
Française, Boston, Massachusetts, February 228,