From Leonardo to Piranesi – Italian Drawings at the Hamburger Kunsthalle





Hamburger Kunsthalle [Germany]

From Leonardo to Piranesi
Italian Drawings from 1450 to 1800
Exhibition > 18 January 2009

 

The Department of Prints, Drawings and Photography at the Hamburger Kunsthalle holds one of the major collections of Italian freehand drawings in Europe. From Leonardo da Vinci, Raphael and Michelangelo to Sandro Botticelli, Guercino, Canaletto and Giovanni Battista Piranesi, many of the greatest Italian artists are represented in the collection with outstanding drawings.

For conservation reasons, however, it is only rarely possible to display these fragile sheets. The exhibition From Leonardo to Piranesi is therefore the first chance in a long time to (re-)discover about 140 drawings from the museum’s total holdings of approximately 1,000 sheets.


Raffael (1483 – 1520)


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Raffael (1483 – 1520)
Kopf eines Cherubs, 1508-1512
Schwarze Kreide,
298 x 234 mm
© Hamburger Kunsthalle / bpk
Foto: Christoph Irrgang



In this exhibition, viewers are given the opportunity to ‘look over the artist’s shoulder’, as it were: the drawings provide fascinating insight into the creative process, many aspects of which are usually hidden from public view. From the first fleeting ‘prima idea’ to the more detailed preparatory study through to the carefully finished presentation drawing, the various functions of freehand drawings can be explored with the aid of excellent illustrative examples.

In addition, this thematically complex exhibition presents an overview of the history of Italian drawing and identifies the key phases in its development. While the Renaissance is a central focus, the selection also includes superb works from the 17th and 18th centuries. All of the drawings on show bear ample testimony to the Italian artists’ sense of beauty, which makes visiting the exhibition a truly enjoyable aesthetic experience.





Giovanni Battista Piranesi (1720 – 1778)


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Giovanni Battista Piranesi (1720 – 1778)
Architekturphantasie, um 1750
Feder in Braun, Rötel, braun laviert,
153 x 217 mm
© Hamburger Kunsthalle / bpk
Foto: Christoph Irrgang

Domenico Tintoretto (1560 – 1635)


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Domenico Tintoretto (1560 – 1635)
Die Eroberung Konstantinopels durch die Venezianer, um 1598
Tusche und Tempera auf bräunlichem Papier, mit
schwarzer Kreide quadriert,
406 x 465 mm
© Hamburger Kunsthalle / bpk
Foto: Christoph Irrgang

Michelangelo (1475 – 1564)


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Studienblatt mit behelmtem Kopf, weiteren
Kopfstudien und Schriftproben, um 1504
Feder in Braun,
205 x 253 mm
© Hamburger Kunsthalle / bpk
Foto: Christoph Irrgang


Catalogue

The exhibition is the culmination of several years of in-depth scholarly research, made possible by the generous support of the Ebelin and Gerd Bucerius ZEIT-Stiftung. To mark this occasion, a three-volume inventory catalogue of the entire collection will be published along with a fully annotated and illustrated exhibition catalogue.



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~ by Stampfli & Turci on December 27, 2008.

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