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To celebrate Vikings Live, we have replaced our Roman alphabet with the runic alphabet used by the Vikings, the Scandinavian ‘Younger Futhark’. The ‘Younger Futhark’ has only 16 letters, so we have used some of the runic letters more than once or combined two runes for one Roman letter.

For an excellent introduction to runes, we recommend Martin Findell’s book published by British Museum Press.

More information about how we have ‘runified’ this site

 

Hugo Chapman

Keeper and Curator of Italian and French drawings from c. 1400 to c. 1800

Department: Prints and Drawings

Contact


+44 (0)20 7323 8704

hchapman@britishmuseum.org

Hugo Chapman joined the department of Prints and Drawings in 1995 after a decade in the Old Master Drawings Department of a London auction house. Previously he studied art history at London University. He became Keeper of Prints and Drawings in August 2011.

The job of Keeper requires the planning and management of the work of a staff of 17 permanent and a number of temporary as well as other part-time staff and volunteers. The department is actively engaged in ensuring that the collection is widely accessible through our Study Room; the loan of works to UK and foreign exhibitions constituting over half the British Museum’s loaned items; our own exhibition programme geared around the study and display of our own holdings; and providing reliable information and good quality images of the prints and drawings from the collection available to a global audience via the collection database online. The department is also actively involved in expanding its collection, especially in the modern and contemporary field, which is largely funded through the support of patrons and donors. The Keeper is also charged with maintaining and developing the department’s long-established reputation for scholarly excellence in the study of the graphic arts.

He retains curatorial responsibility for the physical care, namely loans and storage, of the Italian and French drawings in the department and fields all queries regarding them. He is continually adding to the online database with the aim of providing an accurate, succinct catalogue entry of each work in his field. There is much to be done to achieve this but the existing records are already a formidable aid to researching and studying the collection.

He was the curator of a Michelangelo drawings exhibition shown in the British Museum in 2006 and the co-curator, along with Marzia Faietti, of the 2010 exhibition shown in the Round Reading Room devoted to 15th century Italian drawings selected from the holdings in the British Museum and the Uffizi, Florence; the exhibition was shown in Florence in the spring of 2011.

Current projects

Upgrading the French drawing records

Previous projects

Curator of ‘Michelangelo Drawings: Closer to the Master'

Co-Curator ‘Italian Renaissance drawings from Fra Angelico to Leonardo’

Recent publications

H. Chapman, Padua in the 1450s, Marco Zoppo and his Contemporaries (British Museum Press, 1998 ) (British Museum exhibition catalogue)

H. Chapman, Correggio and Parmigianino, Master Draughtsmen of the Renaissance, with C. Bambach, M. Clayton, G. Goldner, (British Museum Press, 2000-1) (British Museum and Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York exhibition catalogue)

H. Chapman, Raphael from Urbino to Rome, with C. Plazzotta, T. Henry, (National Gallery Company, London, 2004) (National Gallery exhibition catalogue)

H. Chapman, Michelangelo Drawings: Closer to the Master (British Museum Press, 2005) (British Museum exhibition catalogue)

H. Chapman, Michelangelo (British Museum Press, 2006)