This exhibition features twenty-one delicate drawings of the Baroque period (1580- 1780) from the CU Art Museum’s Permanent Collection. Mythological, biblical as well as historical scenes provide a sampling of the informal side of Baroque art by artists such as Annibale Carracci, Francesco Zuccarelli, and Giovanni Battista Piazetta. These works offer up a wide variety of visual experiences that divert, delight, entrance, and refresh the human eye.
There are studies of individual figures: A lonely, disheveled, drunken Bacchus sits on a rock, an angel prepares to cartwheel into a room, a young man plucks at a violin, a cavalier stands patiently by, an unpretentious Venetian boy meets our gaze, a fashionable woman in 18th-century Paris models her finery. Landscapes and city views are alive with peasants, palaces, churches, Roman buildings, and even ruins. Bits and pieces of daily life, glimpses of grand architecture, and studies of figures lost in their own thoughts offer to the visitor of this small exhibition a chance to taste the delights of drawing in the Baroque age.
21 works, ca. 50 running feet, single hung
Annibale Carracci, Italian (1560-1609), Study of an Annunciating Angel, c. 1600, chalk on paper, 9 3/4 x 6 3/4 inches
Purchase with The Carnegie Fund, CU Art Museum, University of Colorado at Boulder
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