11.10.2019 - 2.2.2020 

La Serenissima

Drawing in Venice from the 16th to the 18th Century

Giovanni Antonio Guardi: The Women of Darius’s Family before Alexander the Great, um 1750, Red chalk, pen and brown ink, grey-brown wash, 31,1 x 55,2 cm, purchased in 1899, Staatsgalerie Stuttgart, Graphic Collection, Collection Schloss Fachsenfeld

In no other country is the diversity and individuality of regional styles as pronounced as it is in Italy, and nowhere else is this singularity of a regional style more striking than in Venice. The uniquely atmospheric light of the city reflected by the shimmering waters of the lagoon converges with the hazy, vaporous air to create a very special visual experience, which inspired Venetian painters and draughtsmen alike. 'Sprezzatura', nonchalance, became a leitmotif. The line, often drawn with a quill pen, takes the lead - dynamic, vibrant, with seemingly effortless grace, like the reflection of the sunlight dancing on the water. Complementing the exhibition »Tiepolo«, the Graphik Kabinett....

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