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This exhibition will feature a diverse selection of European works on paper spanning the sixteenth to the twentieth centuries. From the collection of Northern drawings, two thematic selections including several new acquisitions are being presented: a group of rare sixteenth- and early-seventeenth-century Netherlandish oil sketches on paper, including a rare grisaille by Joachim Beuckelaer (ca. 1533–ca. 1574), and a second group of eighteenth-century German and Austrian designs for altarpieces, as well as designs for the highly sculptural altars that framed these paintings.

The next section presents a rich array of tomb designs by Italian artists from Michelangelo in the early sixteenth century to Canova in the late eighteenth century. Some of the drawings are for known funerary monuments, such as the tomb of Pope Julius II; others were created as proposals to show a patron or client for approval; and a few represent the only surviving record of works that were destroyed or never realized.

Another selection of works by draftsmen and etchers such as Rembrandt, Tiepolo, Federico Barocci, Annibale Carracci (shown at left), and Guido Reni, among others, takes up the subject of heads—whether studies for paintings, or fantasy heads executed as artistic inventions showcasing the inventive powers of their creators.

In another installation, the seminal etched series the Times of Day by Philipp Otto Runge (1777–1810), the German Romantic artist, will be shown alongside a new acquisition of a delicate paper cutout by the artist. Complementing this section and highlighting Runge's fascination with symbolism of children is a group of seventeenth-century French and Italian etchings, most notably Antoine Coypel's (1661–1722) playful Pan Overcome by two Cupids. A final selection focuses on artists associated with the Wiener Werkstätte (Viennese Workshops) and includes magnificent works by Egon Schiele (1890–1918), Gustav Klimt (1862–1918) and Oskar Kokoschka (1886–1980).

Drawings and Prints: Selections from the Permanent Collection

Künstler: Joachim Beuckelaer, Michelangelo Buonarroti, Antonio Canova, Rembrandt van Rijn, Giovanni Domenico Tiepolo, Federico Barocci, Annibale Carracci, Guido Reni, Philipp Otto Runge, Antoine Coypel, Egon Schiele, Gustav Klimt, Oskar Kokoschka ...