European prints and drawings 1500-1900
28 Aug – 2 Nov 2014
Location: Temporary exhibitions gallery
This selection of some 150 works on paper from the Gallery’s fine collection of European prints and drawings reveals the story of the graphic arts in Europe from the late 15th century to the dawn of the 20th century.
Particular periods, styles and schools are shown through outstanding works by leading masters such as Mantegna, Dürer, Rembrandt, Watteau, Blake, Manet and Whistler, as well as lesser known but fascinating artists.
The exhibition will also show the development of various graphic technique and will open a fascinating window into the Gallery’s history and collecting patterns.
It coincides with the publication of the first book on the Gallery’s European prints and drawings collection, and is also the first time that the Gallery’s recent acquisition Melencolia I 1514 by Albrecht Dürer will be on display – one of the most enigmatic images in Western art.
Image: Albrecht Dürer Melencolia I 1514 (detail), engraving, Art Gallery of NSW