Skip to Main Content

The Age of Correggio and the Carracci: Emilian Painting of the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries

December 19, 1986 – February 16, 1987
West Building, Main Floor, 27 galleries, East Garden Court (40,000 sq. ft.)

Annibale Carracci, Venus Adorned by the Graces, 1590/1595, oil on panel transferred to canvas, Samuel H. Kress Collection, 1961.9.9

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

Overview: 79 paintings created in the northern Italian province between 1500 and 1700 were shown. John Pope-Hennessy of the Metropolitan Museum in New York chose the 16th-century Emilian paintings, Sydney Freedberg of the National Gallery chose the 17th-century works, and Andrea Emiliani of the Pinacoteca Nazionale in Bologna oversaw negotiations and loans in Italy. Each venue showed a slight variation of the exhibition.

Organization: Beverly Louise Brown and Sydney J. Freedberg designed the exhibition for the National Gallery.

Sponsor: The exhibition was supported in part by the Montedison Group, Alitalia, the Italian-American Cultural Institution, and by an indemnity from the Federal Council on the Arts and the Humanities.

Attendance: 107,187

Catalog: The Age of Correggio and the Carracci, Emilian Painting of the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries. Washington, DC: National Gallery of Art, 1986.

Other Venues: Pinacoteca Nazionale, Bologna, September 10–November 10, 1986
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, March 19–May 24, 1987

Carracci, Annibale
Italian, 1560 - 1609
Italian, 1489 - 1534