German Master Drawings from the Wolfgang Ratjen Collection, 1580-1900
May 16, 2010 – January 2, 2011
West Building Ground Floor

This exhibition is no longer on view at the National Gallery.

Overview: This stunning exhibition of 120 of the finest German drawings from the Wolfgang Ratjen Collection showcases major works ranging from the 17th-century baroque and 18th-century rococo to 19th-century romanticism and realism. Passionately assembled by Wolfgang Ratjen (1943–1997) over three decades, the drawings include rare, evocative, and influential examples by Hans von Aachen, Johann Rottenhammer, and Adam Elsheimer; studies for soaring religious ceilings by some of the greatest South German artists, including Cosmas Damian Asam, Matthäus Günther, and Johann Baptist Enderle; delightful Augsburg designs for rococo prints by Johann Wolfgang Baumgartner, Johann Esaias Nilson, and Gottfried Eichler; landscape watercolors by Johann Georg von Dillis and Caspar David Friedrich; architectural watercolors by Balthasar Neumann, Karl Friedrich Schinkel, and Rudolf von Alt; and an exciting group of realist drawings by Hans Thoma, Adolph Menzel, and Max Liebermann.

Organization: Organized by the National Gallery of Art.

Sponsor: The exhibition is made possible through the generous support of the STIFTUNG RATJEN, Liechtenstein.

Image: Johann Georg von Dillis, The Hills of Umbria near Perugia, 1830/1832, watercolor and gouache over graphite on blue-green prepared wove paper, Wolfgang Ratjen Collection, Purchased as the Gift of Ladislaus and Beatrix von Hoffmann, 2007.111.66