The ALBERTINA's exhibition highlights this unparalleled golden age of drawing through a selection of around 90 works from their own collection.
During the 16th century in the Netherlands, a remarkable variety of drawing art emerged, including sensitive chiaroscuro drawings, critical moral satires, portraits, and wide landscapes. The artists of this time period demonstrated great technical skill and inventiveness in creating images that reflected the rapidly changing world around them. The Reformation, flourishing colonial trade, and urbanization sparked a new discussion of social norms, providing a broad scope for the practical application of drawings in the design of luxury objects, prints, and even as independent artistic expressions.
The ALBERTINA's exhibition highlights this unparalleled golden age of drawing through a selection of around 90 works from their own collection. Included are famous masterpieces by Pieter Bruegel the Elder and other renowned artists like Jan de Beer, Maarten van Heemskerck, and Hendrick Goltzius, as well as lesser-known works that are now being presented to a wider audience after being edited for the first time. The drawings were used in a variety of contexts, from pane cracks for the windows of grand cathedrals and private residences to paintings and prints, illustrating the diverse range of applications for the medium during this period.