Past Event

Scribbling and Doodling from Leonardo da Vinci to Cy Twombly

April 5, 2023
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Buell Hall, 515 W. 116 St., New York, NY 10027 East Gallery

The exhibition “Gribouillage. De Léonard de Vinci à Cy Twombly”, currently on view at the Beaux-Arts de Paris, explores the practice of scribbling and doodling in the history of artistic creation, through a selection of almost 150 works, including drawings, paintings, portions of walls, copper plates, manuscripts, photos and films. The timeless, uncategorizable dimension of these playful, regressive, explorative or subversive graphic gestures is activated through a dialogue between Renaissance drawings and works of modern artists, as well as with a series of anthropological objects. 

Diane Bodart, co-curator of the exhibition, and Maria Stavrinaki, one of the authors of the catalog, will present some of the works on show at the exhibit, and will discuss the productive challenges that scribbles and doodles offer to the field of art history. 

Welcome remarks:

David Freedberg, Pierre Matisse Professor of the History of Art and Director of The Italian Academy for Advanced Studies in America, Columbia University


Diane Bodart, David Rosand Associate Professor of Italian Renaissance Art History, Columbia University

Maria Stavrinaki, Associate Professor in history of contemporary art at the Université Paris I-Panthéon-Sorbonne and Alliance Visiting Professor, Columbia University

This event is sponsored by the European Institute and the Alliance Program.

Contact Information

European Institute