When: through November 27, 2011
In 2007, the National Gallery purchased this collection of 65 drawings from the estate of Wolfgang Ratjen. This is the first time they have been exhibited.
I must confess, I was not terribly excited to go see this show. I don't much care for pen and ink drawings - I prefer art with much more color. There were, however, a few items that caught my eye:
- Leandro Bassano's "Man Lifting a Bundle" is a wonderful depiction of human musculature
- Guiseppe Zocchi's "View of Rome" reminded me of the Venetian view paintings I saw several months ago
- Canaletto's drawing of a Venetian festival (pictured above) is amazing for the detail he's able to give to a teaming multitude
- Giovanni Domenico Tiepolo's "Two Rampaging Elephants" is remarkable, not for its accuracy, but for its inaccuracy - it's obvious he had never seen an elephant!