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Old Master Drawings from the Albertina

October 25, 1984 – January 13, 1985
East Building, Ground Floor, Northeast, Pod I (2,700 sq. ft.)

Installation view of Old Master Drawings from the Albertina, National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., Gallery Archives

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

Overview: 75 drawings from the 15th through the 18th century by artists of Italy, Germany, The Netherlands, and France were shown, including 10 drawings by Albrecht Dürer. Among these was the famous Praying Hands, never before exhibited outside the Albertina in Vienna. Organized by Annemarie Pope of the International Exhibitions Foundation after 20 years of negotiations with the Albertina, the exhibition coincided with the bicentennial of political and economic relations between Austria and the United States.

Organization: Andrew Robison was the coordinator at the National Gallery. Gaillard Ravenel and Mark Leithauser designed the exhibition, and Gordon Anson designed the lighting.

Sponsor: The exhibition was supported by a grant from United Technologies Corporation and an indemnity from the Federal Council on the Arts and the Humanities.

Attendance: 121,972

Catalog: Old Master Drawings from the Albertina, by Walter Koschatzky et al. Washington, DC: International Exhibitions Foundation, 1984.

Other Venues: Pierpont Morgan Library, New York, March 8–May 26, 1985