barber institute of fine arts
university of birmingham

Line, Map, Anatomy

Drawing the City

Tess Radcliffe, Learning and Access Officer


Every wondered how mapmakers and artists captured all the physical intricacies of the city in their work?

In this special lecture, Tess Radcliffe looks at the ways in which artists – from the Renaissance through to the modern day –  rationalize the city through map making. The lecture will also explore the fascinating associations that maps had with anatomical drawings and the human body, focusing on Old Masters such as Leonardo Da Vinci, who was both a painter and cartographer.

Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres, after Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)

La belle Ferronnière


Agostino Carracci (1557-1602)

Ecce Homo


The Collection

Here you can view highlights from the Barber Institute's collection of paintings.

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The Loves of the Artists

In Conversation with Jonathan Jones

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