N.B. THE EXHIBITION WAS INITIALLY ANNOUNCED FOR SPRING 2004. IT HAS NOT YET BEEN RESCHEDULED.
Highlights of Dutch and Flemish drawing of the 16th-18th centuries in Polish public collections. This prestigious exhibition, built into the framework of the 2004 conference and study trip of CODART, will be the largest presentation of drawings of the Low Countries in Poland ever held. It will include 130 drawings from nine institutions: the National Museum in Gdańsk; the Jagiellonian Library, Princes Czartoryski Museum and Wawel Royal Castle in Kraków; the National Museum in Poznań; the printroom of Warsaw University Library and National Museum in Warsaw; and the National Ossoliński Institute – Museum of Princes Lubomirski and National Museum in Wrocław.
All the main artistic trends and circles of the 16th-18th century in Flanders and Holland are represented:
- Southern Netherlandish Renaissance “inventors”: Pieter Coecke van Aelst, Lambert Lombard
- Mannerists:Maerten van Heemskerck, Lambert van Noort, Jan Wierix
- Artists at the court of Rudolph II: Adriaen de Vries, Roelant Savery, Pieter Stevens
- Figure drawings from the circle of the Haarlem Academy: Hendrick Goltzius, Karel van Mander
- Early Baroque in Holland: Abraham Bloemaert, Claes Moeyaert
- High Baroque in Flanders: Peter Paul Rubens, Jacob Jordaens
- Dutch realistic landscape: Jan van Goyen, Pieter Molijn, Esaias van de Velde, Claes Berchem
- Rembrandt and his pupils and followers: Ferdinand Bol, Gerbrand van den Eeckhout, Govert Flinck, Philips Koninck
- Italianate landscape: Frederik de Moucheron, Willem Schellinks, Gaspar van Wittel
- Seascapes: Ludolf Backhuysen, Willem van de Velde the Younger (?) and Lieve Verschuir
- Architectural designs by Tilman van Gameren, who was active in Poland.
The exhibition is filled out by examples of the relationship between drawings and other works of art, borrowed from the Church of the Bernardines in Czerniaków in Warsaw, the Hermitage in St. Petersburg, the Staatliches Museum in Schwerin, Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen in Rotterdam and Castello Sforzesco in Milan. The exhibition also brings together two drawings by Roelant Savery from the Teylers Museum in Haarlem and the printroom of Warsaw University Library that are parts of the same composition, split in two at some time in the past.
The exhibition will be accompanied by a comprehensive catalogue in Polish and English, with all the drawings reproduced in color. The preface offers a history of the Polish holdings of drawings of these schools. An introductory essay by Maciej Monkiewicz discusses the changing functions of drawing in the art of the Low Countries in the 16th-18th centuries, as typified by works in Polish collections, including sheets not in the exhibition.
The exhibition is held under the patronage of the Royal Netherlands Embassy in Warsaw.