Renaissance Venice: Drawings from the Morgan

May 18 through September 23, 2012
Image of Portrait of a Woman with a Hairnet

Featuring some seventy masterpieces—including drawings, books, maps, and letters—from the Morgan's rich holdings, the exhibition Renaissance Venice: Drawings from the Morgan chronicles the artistic production of the city of Venice and its territories during the republic's Golden Age, the sixteenth century. The show features striking examples by great masters of the period, including Paris Bordone, Vittore Carpaccio, Lorenzo Lotto, Jacopo Tintoretto, Titian, and Paolo Veronese.

Offering compelling insights into contemporary art, religion, and culture, Renaissance Venice addresses topics such as the portrait in Venetian art, Venice and the landscape tradition, religious and civic life, artistic innovations in printmaking and drawing, book publishing and cartography, and the role of foreign artists in the city. This is the first presentation and study of these drawings as a group and the first show in the United States on this theme.

This exhibition is organized by Rhoda Eitel-Porter, guest curator.

Major funding for this exhibition is provided by the Alex Gordon Fund for Exhibitions. Generous support is provided by The Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation and by Robert B. Loper, with additional assistance from members of the Visiting Committee to the Department of Drawings and Prints.

Anonymous Italian artist
Portrait of a Woman with a Hairnet
Black and white chalk
8 13/16 x 7 1/4 inches (223 x 185 mm.)
Gift of H. P. Kraus, 1961; 1961.61

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