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Italian Master Drawings from the Wolfgang Ratjen Collection: 1525–1835
May 8 – November 27, 2011
West Building Ground Floor

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

Overview: 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.

Image: Canaletto, The "Giovedì Grasso" Festival before the Ducal Palace in Venice, 1763/1766, pen and brown ink with gray wash over graphite and red chalk, heightened with white gouache, on cream laid paper, Wolfgang Ratjen Collection, Paul Mellon Fund, 2007.111.55