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Mastering Tradition: An Artist Awakening through Practicing the Past

Bruce I. Campbell, artist and copyist at the National Gallery of Art, in conversation with Alexandra Libby, assistant curator, department of northern baroque painting, National Gallery of Art.

Bruce Campbell is one of the longest continuous copyists at the National Gallery of Art, with more than two decades and over two dozen completed works. Campbell's master replicas focus on the High Renaissance, the baroque, and the Hudson River School, to name a few. In this conversation program on March 11, 2019, as part of the Works in Progress Lecture Series at the National Gallery of Art, Bruce Campbell and Alexandra Libby discuss this age-old exercise and study, and link his experience to others engaged in this longstanding practice.