What is it?
The Encounter: Drawings from Leonardo to Rembrandt brings together 50 drawings by some of the outstanding masters of the Renaissance and Baroque.
Where is it?
The Encounter: Drawings from Leonardo to Rembrandt is at the National Portrait Gallery, London, 13th July – 22nd October 2017
Many of the exhibits are rarely seen in public due to their age and fragility and the exhibit includes 15 drawings lent by HM The Queen from the Royal Collection. Eight of these are portraits by Hans Holbein the Younger and give you a searing insight into the powerful personalities within the court of King Henry VIII for whom he was the court painter.
When should I go there?
13th July – 22nd October 2017 – adult tickets start at £8 – £10 with donation.
The Encounter: Drawings from Leonardo to Rembrandt brings together fifty portrait drawings from a variety of artists who worked throughout Europe including Gian Lorenzo Bernini, Annibale Carracci, François Clouet, Albrecht Dürer, Anthony Van Dyck, Benozzo Gozzoli, Hans Holbein the Younger, Antonio di Puccio Pisano (Pisanello), Rembrandt van Rijn, Peter Paul Rubens, Francesco Salviati and Leonardo da Vinci.
By including a display of the types of drawing tools and media used – from metalpoint to coloured chalks – and considering the individuals depicted in these often intimate portraits, many of whom remain unidentified – the exhibition will show how these artists moved away from the use of medieval pattern-books as source materials, to study the figure, and the face, from life.
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Images Credits: Images with thanks to the National Portrait Gallery (from the left clockwise):
- Sir John Godsalve by Hans Holbein the Younger c.1532-4 Royal Collection Trust © Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2017
- Giulio Mascheroni
- Giulio Pedrizzano, The Lutenist Mascheroni by Annibale Carracci c.1593-4 Royal Collection Trust © Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2017
- A sheet of figure studies, with male heads and three sketches of a woman with a child by Rembrandt von Rijn c.1636 © The Henry Barber Trust, the Barber Institute of Fine Arts, University of Birmingham
- Man with Shoulder-length Hair Wearing a Cap by an Unknown Venetian artist, c.1500; © The Trustees of the British Museum
- Man wearing a wide collar, possibly Luigi Bernini by Gian Lorenzo Bernini c.1640 Royal Collection Trust © Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2017
- Woman Wearing a White Headdress by Hans Holbein the Younger c.1532-43 Royal Collection Trust © Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2017
- Study of a Young Man, by Annibale Carracci, mid 1580s The Trustees of the Chatsworth Settlement © Devonshire Collection, Chatsworth