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Dutch and Flemish drawings from the National Gallery of Canada

Exhibition: 21 November 2004 - 20 February 2005


David Franklin, curator of drawings, National Gallery of Canada

Organizing museum

National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa

From the museum website

This exhibition assembles, for the first time, the finest 70 drawings from the National Gallery’s permanent collection of works by Dutch and Flemish artists from the fifteenth to the eighteenth centuries. This constitutes the only comprehensive holding of these related schools of Northern Europe in Canada. The drawings will be presented in chronological order by region. Many of the works have only recently been acquired and have never before been exhibited together.

The drawings, which are generally of an intimate and often precious scale, are executed in a range of materials from silverpoint through to chalk, pen and ink, as well as oil on paper. The selection will feature a range of subjects, including not only religious and historical themes, but also landscapes, portraits, and genre subjects.


The Dutch and Flemish drawings exhibition is accompanied by a 187-page catalogue, in English and French editions, written by Dr. Joaneath Spicer, curator of Renaissance and Baroque art at the Walters Art Museum in Baltimore, with the aid of Odilia Bonebakker, doctoral candidate at Harvard, and David Franklin, deputy director and chief curator of the National Gallery in Ottawa.

Other venues

Ottawa, National Gallery of Canada (21 May – 1 September 2003)
Cambridge, Massachusetts, Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Harvard University Art Museums (24 July – 17 October 2004)