National Gallery of Art - EXHIBITIONS
German Master Drawings from the Wolfgang Ratjen Collection, 1580-1900
May 16, 2010–January 2, 2011

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Image: Adolph Menzel, The Artist's Sister Emilie, 1851, pastel and black chalk on brown paper, Wolfgang Ratjen Collection 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.

Schedule: National Gallery of Art, May 16, 2010–January 2, 2011