About

Michael Snow
Clothed Woman (In Memory of my Father) 1963
oil and lucite on canvas
152 x 386.2 cm
Purchased 1966
National Gallery of Canada

The National Gallery of Canada presents exceptional 16th Century drawings by North Italy's greatest masters

Ottawa, Canada - October 18, 2001

PRESS RELEASE

 « Un regroupement d'exceptionnels dessins créés par les plus grands maîtres du XVIe siècle de l'Italie du Nord présenté au Musée des beaux-arts du Canada» 
 
 
The sole venue for this prestigious exhibition, the National Gallery of Canada is pleased to present Leonardo to Tintoretto: Sixteenth-Century North Italian Drawings from Budapest. This exhibition brings together masterpieces by the greatest artists of the period, including Leonardo, Correggio, Tintoretto, Veronese, Parmigianino and Palladio, and many lesser known but accomplished names.This exhibition will be on view at the National Gallery from 19 October 2001 to 13 January 2002.

Leonardo to Tintoretto: Sixteenth-Century North Italian Drawings from Budapest comprises fifty drawings of the Renaissance school of northern Italy from The Szépmuvészeti Múzeum (Museum of Fine Arts) in Budapest. Some of the works were made by artists native to North Italy while others were complited by artists working in this vast region from Venice in the northeast to Milan and Genoa in the west and Parma in the south. Although this region is better known for its colourful paintings, the drawings explore - in exciting and diverse ways - the qualities of materiality, atmosphere, and movement that can also be seen in the pictures.

A selection from the Budapest Museum of Fine Arts
The museum in Budapest contains the largest collection of art in Hungary and is home to one of the finest collections of Old Master drawings in the world, with some 8,000 examples. It is particularly strong in the Italian school from which this selection was made. The nucleus ot the collection traces its provenance to the celebrated Esterházy family, who became prominent in Hungary in the seventeenth century. The dynasty's most distinguished collector was Prince Miklós Esterházy (1765-1833). Yet despite this illustrious history, many of the current drawings in the exhibition were only correctly attributed in the past century by specialized curators of the Budapest museum. Correggio, Study of the Virgin.

Admission
Adults $6
Seniors and full-time students with ID $4
Youth (aged 12 to 19) $2
Friends and visitors under 12 free (but ticket required)
Free with admission to the exhibition Louis Philippe Hébert, 1850-1917. National Sculpteur

Tickets
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Information
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Hours
Wednesday to Sunday
10 am to 5 pm,
Thursdays to 8 pm

Activities
The Drawing Studio (from 19 October 2001 to 13 January 2002, during regular hours, free admission) : We invite you to explore the act of drawing. A still life arrangement presents objects similar to those seen in the works of the Italian masters in the exhibition. Be inspired! Take the time to try your hand at drawing and if you wish, please share your drawings with other visitors by sliding them into the frames on the wall. Meet the curator tour Friday 26 October at 12:15 pm, a tour of the exhibition by David Franklin, Deputy Director and Chief Curator. In English, with bilingual question and answer period (in the exhibition, free admission with the ticket).


 
 
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