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

Italian Drawings from Canadian Collections on view from 16 February to 13 May 2001

Ottawa, Canada - February 21, 2001

« Dessins italiens de collections canadiennes à l'affiche du 16 février au 13 mai 2001 »

The National Gallery of Canada presents its greatest Italian drawings from the 16th to 19th centuries in the exhibition Italian Drawings from Canadian Collections. Comprised of a selection of some seventy works from the NGC's outstanding collection of Old Master Italian drawings, complimented by fifteen loans from other Canadian collections, this landmark exhibition makes many of these beautiful pen, ink and chalk drawings available to the public for the first time. The exhibition is on view in the Prints, Drawings and Photography Galleries from 16 February to 13 May 2001. Admission is free.

The media are invited to schedule interviews and guided tours of the exhibition with David Franklin, Curator, Prints and Drawings, National Gallery of Canada, by calling the National Gallery's Communications office at (613) 990-6835.

Visitors may enjoy a range of Old Master drawings from delicate sketches to expressive extravaganzas by such masters of line and form such as Vasari, Piranesi, the Carracci, and the Tiepolo. Italian Drawings from Canadian Collections highlights the NGC's collection, which is by far the largest single holding of Italian drawings in Canada. Among the works featured are some of the first drawings acquired in 1911, as well as recent purchases.

Revealing the high quality of collections in this field in Canada, the exhibition deals with, arguably, the most crucial period of Old Master drawings, in terms of how drawings of all schools and periods have come to be discussed, and how connoisseurship as an art historical tool has developed.

The National Gallery is delighted to welcome Sotheby's as the Presenting Sponsor for the exhibition in Ottawa and on tour.

After its presentation in Ottawa, a condensed version of the exhibition, entitled Italian Drawings from the National Gallery of Canada, will be circulated within the country as a travelling exhibition.

In conjunction with the exhibition, the National Gallery of Canada presents:

Meet the Curator
Friday 9 March at 12:15 pm. Tour the exhibition with David Franklin, Curator of Prints and Drawings. Free admission.

Thursday 15 March at 6:30 pm. Restoration: Michelangelo's Frescoes in the Sistine Chapel, by Gianluigi Colalucci, Advisor for Restoration of the Vatican Museums. Sponsored by the Embassy of Italy. In the Auditorium. Admission: adults $5, seniors and full-time students $4, Friends $3, visitors under 18 free (but ticket required).

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