National Gallery of Art - EXHIBITIONS
Italian Master Drawings from the Wolfgang Ratjen Collection: 1525–1835
May 8–November 27, 2011

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Ratjen Collection of Master Drawings

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Giovanni Battista Piranesi

Guilio Romano

Giovanni Domenico Tiepolo

Domenico Tintoretto

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Image: Chef Fabio Trabocchi in front of a photo mural detail of Michele Marieschi's The Bacino di San Marco (c. 1739-1740, Private Collection), at the entrance to the exhibition Venice: Canaletto and His Rivals. Photo by Rob Shelley Copyright National Gallery of Art, Washington

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Image: Canaletto, The Giovedi Grasso Festival before the Ducal Palace in Venice, c. 1765, Wolfgang Ratjen Collection, Paul Mellon Fund, 2007.111.55 The splendors of Italian draftsmanship from the late Renaissance to the height of the neoclassical movement are showcased in an exhibition of 65 superb drawings assembled by the European private collector Wolfgang Ratjen (1943–1997). Works are featured by many of the most important artists of the period, from Giulio Romano to Giovanni Domenico Tiepolo. Outstanding Venetian examples include those by such artists as Domenico Tintoretto, Giovanni Battista Piranesi, and Canaletto, whose elegant rendering of the "Giovedì Grasso" festival in Venice is perhaps his finest surviving drawing.

Organization: Organized by the National Gallery of Art, Washington.

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

Schedule: National Gallery of Art, May 8–November 27, 2011