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Dawn of a New Age. Early Engravings from Italy and the Netherlands
Since its emergence, printmaking has developed and preserved creative ideas and content of both a religious and a secular nature, making the art a driving force behind international cultural dialogue. It is this medium that spread the stylistic vocabulary and the thoughts of the Renaissance and yielded a diverse crop of artistic inventions.
The Dresden Kupferstich-Kabinett (Collection of Prints, Drawings and Photographs) possesses an unusual wealth of works from the beginning of print graphics until 1520/30. Among them are many rare or even unique sheets. Particularly famous is the collection of early German engravings which were researched and published by the expert and researcher Max Lehrs in his multi-volume catalogue “Geschichte und kritischer Katalog des deutschen, niederländischen und französischen Kupferstichs im 15. Jahrhundert” (1908–1934). For the first time two collection catalogues shed light on early Italian engravings as well as on early Dutch engravings and woodcuts, which for the most part were subsumed by Lehrs under the German works.
Due to the publication of the catalogues and with the help of selected examples of both holdings, the exhibition will follow up on the mutual relations between Italy and the Netherlands. Next to parallels and influences, a focus will be laid on the individualism of artists' personalities from north and south, who came up with very individual visual themes and interpretations in the transitional period between the centuries.