CODART, Dutch and Flemish art in museums worldwide

Dutch and Flemish drawings from the National Gallery of Canada

Exhibition: 23 May - 31 August 2003


David Franklin

From the museum website

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Discover the National Gallery of Canada’s rich collection of Dutch and Flemish drawings. This exhibition brings together some seventy breathtaking drawings by artists from the 15th to the 18th centuries, including Rubens, Rembrandt, Heemskerck, Jordaens, and Bloemaert. Many of the works have only recently been acquired by the Gallery and have never before been exhibited together.

The exhibition highlights drawings by artists of the renaissance school called Mannerism, celebrated for their artistic virtuosity and arcane subject matter, and drawings from the golden age of the Dutch Baroque, known for their direct observations of nature and depth of emotional expression.


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

Cambridge, Massachusetts, Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Harvard University Art Museums (24 July-17 October 2004)
Fredericton, New Brunswick (20 November 2004-20 February 2005)