Increase text size AAA

The Power Institute is pleased to present a lecture by Ewa Lajer-Burcharth, William Dorr Boardman Professor of Fine Arts in the Department of History of Art and Architecture at Harvard University. Rethinking Drawing: Fragonard in Tivoli – is the first in our series of Keir Lectures on Art for 2018. 

Jean-Honoré Fragonard’s extraordinary series of views from the Villa d’Este in Tivoli has been described as “one of the most beautiful red chalk drawings ever made.” Focusing on the specific visual and material aspects of this remarkable series, the lecture will discuss how the series contributed to the emergence of a modern conception of drawing in eighteenth-century France. In particular, it will consider the ways in which the series invites us to reimagine drawing as a fundamentally social act.


Ewa Lajer-Burcharth is the William Dorr Boardman Professor of Fine Arts in the Department of History of Art and Architecture. She teaches modern and contemporary art focusing on the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, post-1970s art, and critical theory. Among the courses she has taught are: Introduction to Modern Art &Visual Culture (1700-1990); Modern Art and Modernity (with Benjamin Buchloh and Maria Gough); Body Image in Art & Visual Culture of the 18th- and 19th Centuries; The Origins of Modernity; The Early Modern Artist; Exoticism & Orientalism; Modern Art and Subjectivity, Contemporary Women Artists, Critical Strategies in Contemporary Art and Painting and Its Discontents, and, most recently, Drawing: Object, Medium Discourse; Drawing on Exhibition; Learning from Drawing; and Art and the Enlightenment. (See Courses for the full list.) In recognition of her distinguished contribution to undergraduate teaching, graduate education and research, she was awarded a Harvard College Professorship (2004-2009).

ewa headshot


Tuesday 6 March
Law School Foyer
Eastern Avenue
Camperdown Campus, The University of Sydney
View Map

For enquiries, contact:

Free and open to all with online registrations.
Register Here





Professor Ewa Lajer-Burcharth’s lecture is coordinated by the Power Institute as part of the Keir Lectures on Art series, supported by the Keir Foundation.

 File path: Home