Renaissance Drawings Bibliothèque Nationale

Caixa Catalunya will present “Renaissance Drawings. Bibliothèque nationale de France Collection,” on view from October 21 to January 18, 2004. This exhibition, organised by Fundació Caixa Catalunya, offers a selection of 111 drawings from the sixteenth century culled from the BnF collection, one of the most important collections in Europe. The exhibition is curated by Gisèle Lambert and Jocelyn Bouquillard, curators of the engravings and photography departments of the Bibliothèque nationale de France. The exhibition focuses on the great boom in drawing in the sixteenth century, which was considered at the time to be, in the words of Giorgio Vasari, “the father of our three arts”, i.e. architecture, sculpture and painting.

The collection exhibits works from the main schools of Europe including German, Flemish, Italian and French, with artists such as Albrecht Dürer, Joachim Patinir, Giorgio Vasari, François Clouet and some exponents of the Fontainebleau school, such as Antoine Caron. It also displays drawings on Roman antiquity, revealing the rediscovery of classical culture by the authors of the Renaissance, such as the Flemish artist Hendrick van Cleve.

Most of the drawings have never before been on display and, due to their extreme fragility, can only be seen in Barcelona and then in Paris, at the main site of the BnF.

The exhibition catalogue features texts on the collection of drawings of the BnF (Laure Beaumont-Maillet, curator of the BnF), drawing in the sixteenth century (Gisèle Lambert, curator of the BnF), the techniques used during this period (Jocelyn Bouquillard, curator of the BnF) and detailed documentation on the exhibited works.

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