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Fabulous Journeys and Faraway Places: Travels on Paper, 1450-1700

May 6 – September 16, 2007
West Building, Ground Floor, Outer Tier Galleries G23, G24, G25

Albrecht Dürer, The Rhinoceros, 1515, woodcut, Rosenwald Collection, 1964.8.697

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

Overview: 60 prints and 1 drawing depicting varied voyages created in the 250-year period from 1450 to 1700 were on view in this exhibition, drawn primarily from the holdings of the National Gallery of Art, with several loans from private collections and Washington-area institutions. The exhibition was organized by theme: biblical, allegorical, and fantasy travel; travel to Rome, Constantinople, and the Holy Land; and further marvels of the East and West. Among the highlights was a 16-foot-long panorama depicting a trip to Constantinople, The Ways and Fashions of the Turks (1553) by Pieter Coecke van Aelst.

A series of Gallery talks were held in the exhibition. The National Gallery Chamber Players performed a concert of Renaissance and baroque chamber music in honor of the exhibition.

Organization: The exhibition was organized by the National Gallery of Art, Washington. Virginia Grace Tuttle, associate curator of old master prints, National Gallery of Art, was the exhibition curator.

Attendance: 62,039