Master Strokes: Dutch and Flemish Drawings from the Golden Age

Traveling outside Great Britain for the first time, this marvelous new exhibition presents some of the most important works from the Victoria and Albert’s outstanding collection of Dutch and Flemish drawings, one of the principle holdings in Britain. Showing approximately ninety works from the sixteenth to the twentieth centuries, it includes masterpieces by Peter Paul Rubens, Sir Anthony van Dyck and Rembrandt van Rijn. Works by lesser-known artists are also included, as well as designs for architecture and stained glass, demonstrating the diversity and enduring artistic and technical excellence of Netherlandish artists. This is the first time this remarkable and rarely seen collection has been exhibited internationally.

Drawn from a collection spanning 400 years, the exhibition included designs for stained glass, tapestries, and prints, alongside portraits, figure studies, genre scenes, landscapes, and botanical studies. The drawings are grouped thematically and chronologically in order to demonstrate contrasts and similarities between the artistic style and practice in the Northern and Southern Netherlands. Drawings range from sketches and sketchbooks to working studies and finished “pictured drawings,” using a variety of mediums and techniques including watercolors, “trois crayons,” and pastels.

Exhibition organized by the Victoria and Albert Museum, London.

Upcoming Exhibition Events:

Conversation with a Curator
Sunday, January 14| 2 pm with Curator Roja Najafi

Conversation with a Curator
Saturday, January 20 | 2 pm with Director of Curatorial Affairs Michael Anderson

Menu Image Credit: Hans Bol (1534-1593), “A Covered Wagon Traversing a Road between Two Inns, 1580, Image © Victoria and Albert Museum; Peter Paul Rubens (1577-1640), “Study of a Seated Woman (The Virgin),” About 1606, Image © Victoria and Albert Museum; Frans Snyders (1579-1657), “Still-Life with Dead Game on a Table,” About 1615, Image © Victoria and Albert Museum; Jacob Jordaens (1593-1678), “A Huntsman Resting with His Hounds,” About 1635, Image © Victoria and Albert Museum; Attributed to Jan Brueghel the Elder (1568-1625), “Travellers on a Road on the Side of a Hill with a Wood on the Right,” About 1619, Image © Victoria and Albert Museum; Dirck Hals (1591-1656), “Seated Man, Drinking from a glass,” Before 1627, Image © Victoria and Albert Museum; Attributed to Gerbrand van den Eeckhout (1621-1674), “Man Standing Three-Quarter Length in a Plumed Hat and Rich Costume,” About 1560, Image © Victoria and Albert Museum; Rembrandt van Rijn (1606-1669), “Study of the Actor Willem Ruyter as a Countryman,” About 1634-8, Image © Victoria and Albert Museum; Jacob Savery (ca.1565-1603), “A Village Kermis,” 1598, Image © Victoria and Albert Museum; Anthony van Dyck (1599-1641), “Christ Crowned with Thorns,” Before 1621, Image © Victoria and Albert Museum; Johann Thopas (1625/7-1685/95), “Portrait of a Man Aged 24,” 1684, Image © Victoria and Albert Museum; Willem Maris (1844-1910), “Milking tim,” Late 19th century, Image © Victoria and Albert Museum.

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