Renaissance and Baroque Prints: Investigating the Collection

September 8, 2017 - January 8, 2018
Barney A. Ebsworth Gallery

With construction poised to begin on the ambitious expansion project that will give more space to display the permanent collection, it is an opportune time to explore the Museum’s holdings further and take stock of lesser-known areas of depth. A prime example is the collection of more than one hundred Old Master prints. Even though some have been widely published, including in the Museum’s recent collection catalog Spotlights, many others are still under-studied and have rarely been exhibited. Renaissance and Baroque Prints: Investigating the Collection brings the majority of this varied collection into the galleries. Visitors will have the unique opportunity to witness research in progress when students, faculty, and outside curators examine and assess the works on view through a series of public lectures and gallery talks. 

As the Old Master print collection spans the 15th through the 18th centuries, this exhibition also provides opportunities to study the rise of image dissemination through new printmaking methods. Featuring a wide variety of techniques and subject matter, the installation includes prints by major artists such as Albrecht Dürer (1471–1528), Rembrandt van Rijn (1606–1669), and Giovanni Battista Piranesi (1720–1778) alongside the work of several dozen other Renaissance and Baroque artists. A selection of Old Master drawings complements the installation.

The exhibition is curated by Allison Unruh, associate curator.

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Exhibition support

Support is provided by the William T. Kemper Foundation and members of the Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum.

Image credits

Thumbnail: Giovanni Battista Piranesi (Italian, 1720–1778), detail of Frontispiece, Plate I from the series Le Carceri (The Prisons), 1761. Etching, 26 5/8 x 19 7/8". Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum, Washington University in St. Louis. Gift of Dr. Malvern B. Clopton, 1935.