Bacon's Books Symposium: Francis Bacon's Library and its Role in his Art

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Bacon's Books Symposium:
Francis Bacon's Library and its Role in his Art
Friday 19 and Saturday 20 October 2012

Francis Bacon had a voracious interest in books, and his range of interests is evident in the substantial collection he amassed, on subjects as diverse as art history, literature, photography, history, politics, philosophy, cinema, sport, crime, medicine, languages, and travel. The personal library of an artist is widely recognised as an invaluable resource for understanding their work, and there is ample evidence that this was the case for Bacon. His studio was piled with books, and littered with loose leaves torn from them for reference. Evidence indicates that he plundered these for ideas and forms, both from the images and text, liberally interpreting them for his own purposes, and there is much remaining to be explored.

This symposium is presented as a stage in the joint project between the History of Art Department, TCD and Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane. Generously funded by the Government of Ireland via the Irish Research Council for the Humanities and Social Sciences (IRCHSS) the collaboration is led by Barbara Dawson, Director of Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane, and Yvonne Scott, Head of the History of Art Department, TCD. The book collection has been comprehensively digitally catalogued drawing on the expertise of Dr Margarita Cappock, Head of Collections, and of Dr Monika Keska, IRCHSS-funded Research Assistant to the project. For general queries about the symposium, contact Dr Monika Keska: JLIB_HTML_CLOAKING .

See attached programme for running order.