Sixteenth-Century Bolognese Drawings In The Louvre Collections

This exhibition shines a light-weight on the evolution of drawing in Bologna all all through the Sixteenth century by way of a choice of forty-four sheets, that includes main artists in addition to lesser-known, albeit prolific, skills. This exhibition accompanies the publication of quantity 12 of the Inventaire Général des Dessins Italiens, dedicated to Sixteenth-century Bolognese drawings, together with drawings produced by Bologna-born artists or those that made town their adopted house, all energetic earlier than the arrival of the Carracci household.

A brand new means of drawing, refined and chic, typically bordering on the whimsical, took place within the early years of the Cinquecento, within the workshops of Francesco Francia, Peregrino da Cesena, Marcantonio Raimondi and Amico Aspertini. Lesser-known artists similar to Innocenzo da Imola, Bagnacavallo, Biagio Pupini and Girolamo da Treviso, energetic between about 1515 and 1550 and steeped in classical and Raphaelesque tradition, contributed to the gradual creation of a brand new type that includes the dramatic results of shading and light-weight, paving the way in which to a contemporary type.

About mid-century, Pellegrino Tibaldi introduced a brand new monumental language to Bologna from Rome, impressed by Michelangelo and that includes calligraphic refinement owing a lot to Perino del Vaga. Then, in the course of the second half of the Sixteenth century, Prospero Fontana, Lorenzo Sabatini and Orazio Sammachini, after having made a reputation for themselves within the ornament of a number of palaces, exported their type in all of Emilia Romagna, then Rome and its environment, after they have been known as to work for the Bolognese pope Gregory XIII.
On the identical time, Bartolomeo Passerotti, probably the most influential artist of the Bolognese college, imposed his new analytical method to the pure world along with his delicate but energetic drawings, foreshadowing the inventive language of the era to return.

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Exhibition curator: Roberta Serra, documentary researcher, Division of Prints and Drawings, Musée du Louvre.