press release

From 22 April, the British Museum will stage a major exhibition, bringing together the finest group of Italian Renaissance drawings to be seen in the United Kingdom for over 70 years.

A unique collaboration between the Uffizi in Florence and the British Museum, this exhibition is a unique opportunity to discover the evolution of drawing which laid the foundations of the High Renaissance style of Michelangelo and Raphael.

In 15th-century Italy there was a fundamental shift in style and artistic thinking in the use of preparatory drawings. What began as a means of preserving artistic ideas became the ideal way to perfect more naturalistic forms and perspective – a new approach by painters, sculptors and architects.

Infrared and other technology used in conservation research provide fresh insights into how drawing allowed painters to experiment and explore with a freedom not always reflected in their finished works. Examples in the exhibition show the trend towards depiction of movement and expression of emotion, often inspired by classical antiquity.

Curator Hugo Chapman

only in german

Fra Angelico to Leonardo
Italian Renaissance Drawings
Kurator: Hugo Chapman

Künstler: Fra Angelico, Jacopo Bellini, Gentile Bellini, Sandro Botticelli, Vittore Carpaccio, Leonardo da Vinci, Filippo Lippi, Andrea Mantegna, Michelangelo Buonarroti, Tizian , Andrea del Verrocchio ...