In order to minimise the spread of the coronavirus all museums of the Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden remain closed until 20 April 2020.
The Realm of Possibilities
Italian Drawings of the 16th Century
Artists have always drawn to give form to their ideas, to train hand and eye, and to capture envisioned pictorial inventions on paper. South of the Alps, this art reached an apex in the 16th century. With this selection from its own holdings, the Dresden Kupferstich-Kabinett now offers visitors a rare opportunity to discover the breadth and diversity of Italian master drawings of the High and Late Renaissance.
The display features sketches for paintings as well as creations that seem to owe more to the artist's sheer creative will than any concrete use as preparatory drawings. Fleeting sketches appear beside meticulously executed compositions. The exhibition marks the ongoing cataloguing project researching the drawings of the Italian cinquecento in the Kupferstich-Kabinett's holdings. In addition to well-known works that hardly ever go on display due to their fragility, the show also features some new discoveries from our rich collection of cinquecento drawings.