Idea et inventio

Italian drawings of the 15th and 16th centuries

24 March – 18 June 2017

Hardly any period brought to the fore as many epochal artists in Italy as the 15th and 16th centuries. The broad spectrum of artists shown in this exhibition ranges from Perugino and Raffael, to Michelangelo, Veronese and Barocci through to Vasari. The fundamental cultural and technical changes occurring in this period were as much a source of inspiration for them as the rediscovery of philosophers and authors from antiquity. In-depth studies of nature and a renewed interest in antique monuments and sculptures, as well as in Greek and Roman history and mythology, had a stimulating impact on many artists’ work. It was not least in order to strengthen Catholicism against the backdrop of Counter-Reformation that new motifs and an accessible pictorial rhetoric were called for, which artists knew to respond to in their own ways. Paper became the medium of their ideas, which began to have a lasting influence on the emerging modern age.

Drawing from the collection of the Academy of Art Düsseldorf held by Museum Kunstpalast, 100 drawings offer a comprehensive overview of this seminal period.

The exhibition will be shown at the Musée d’art et d’histoire, Geneva, from 29 September 2017 until 7 January 2018.

Sponsored by:
Ernst von Siemens Kunststiftung / Tavolozza Foundation gGmbH

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