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Italian Drawings from the National Gallery of Canada

Four men in large hats observing an animal

Italian Drawings from the National Gallery of Canada

January 21–March 30, 2003

Organized and sponsored by the National Gallery of Canada

University of Toronto Art Centre

Seventy works dating from the sixteenth to the early nineteenth centuries explore religious and secular themes and trace the development of drawing in Italy from the Renaissance to the advent of Neoclassicism. In the sixteenth century, the significance of drawing as the point of departure not only for painting, but for the arts of sculpture and architecture as well, took on new importance with the humanistic values of the Renaissance. The growing emphasis on naturalism in art led artists to draw from life (the human figure at rest or in motion) almost exclusively. The drawings in this exhibition provide a window into the artist’s mind as an idea was explored from its conception to its ultimate form, from preliminary sketches to highly finished drawings. Works by artists such as the Carracci, Reni, da Cortona, Piranesi, and Tiepolo reveal the intellectual, psychological, and spiritual processes that guided the artist’s hand.

Opening Reception

Friday January 24, 2003, 5:30-7:30pm
University of Toronto Art Centre

Our Supporters

We gratefully acknowledge the project support of Sotheby’s Canada and the Instituto Italiano di Cultura for their contributions to the Opening Reception.

Title Image: Giovanni Battista Piranesi, A Fantastic Interior, 1750. Pen and brown ink with brown wash over red chalk on laid paper. 12 x 18 cm. Courtesy of the National Gallery of Canada.

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