barber institute of fine arts
university of birmingham


Science & the Artist

Learn about the scientific developments that shaped the paintings and sculptures in the Barber’s collection. Discover what Renaissance artists used to make their paints, how bronze sculptures were produced, what got artists outdoors in 1841 and the revolutionary invention that changed art forever!

Sir William Orpen (1878-1931)

A Nude Girl Seated on a Bed

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James Abbott McNeill Whistler (1834-1903)

La vieille aux loques (The Old Rag-Picker)

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Aubrey Beardsley (1872-1898)

The Battle of the Beaux and the Belles

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Kurt Schwitters (1887-1948)

Merz V

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