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Kunst in der Natur. Die Zeichenmaterialien von Maarten van Heemskerck

Lecture: 18 June 2024

Maarten van Heemskerck made his drawings in the open air in front of the real object. This presented him with various challenges: For example, choosing the right ink played a crucial role, as it had to have a good flow from the pen and enable the desired quality and color reproduction. It could also influence the durability of the artwork. The material-technical examinations of van Heemskerck’s drawings allow further conclusions to be drawn about his use of drawing materials. They provide important insights into the materiality of the sketchbooks and enable a deeper artistic and historical classification of these important works.

Lecture by Carsten Wintermann, Klassik Stiftung Weimar (in German).

Lecture series

Accompanying the exhibition The Allure of Rome. Maarten van Heemskerck Draws the City is a series of lectures that takes place on Tuesdays. Individual aspects of Van Heemskerck’s work will be addressed and explained. Speakers will talk about the few paintings he created in Rome as well as the influence of Michelangelo, Van Heemskerck’s drawing materials and his approach to ruins in comparison with contemporary depictions by other artists.

All lectures are held in German at the Kunstgewerbemuseum (Kulturforum) in Berlin at 18:00 CET.

Advance reservation is required and free for charge. See the museum website for tickets and more information.

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