Returning from vacation in Maremma/Tuscany and see this amazing exhibition that just opened “Rembrandt-Titian-Bellotto -Spirit and Splendor of the Dresden Gallery” 22 August -23 November 2014 .(Theatinerstrasse 8) was more than expected in Munich.
The exhibition is organised by the Dresden State Art Collections in collaboration with the Kunsthalle of the Hypo Cultural Foundation.
Rembrandt Harmensz. van Rijn, Ganymede in the Claws of the Eagle, 1635, Oil on canvas
Bernardo Bellotto, called Canaletto, The Ruins of the Old Kreuzkirche in Dresden, 1765, Oil on canvas
THE AUGUSTAN AGE
“The exhibition focuses on the reign of Augustus II, Elector of Saxony and King of Poland (1670–1733), also known as the Strong, and his son Augustus III (1696–1763). During the “Augustan Age”, an era of economic and cultural flourishing, the manifold building projects, vibrant cultural life and the enhancement of the royal collections all embodied the electoral court’s new claim to power. The construction of the Cathedral and the Frauenkirche during this era gave Dresden its world famous silhouette. Moreover, prestigious painters like the Italian Bernardo Bellotto (1721–1780) or Louis de Silvestre (1675–1760) were drawn to Dresden, where they were engaged as court artists. This dynamic, prosperous era forms the backdrop behind the painted masterpieces and their stories.”
‘….A frequent visitor to the Dresden Picture Gallery was the famous art historian and archeologist Johann Joachim Winckelmann (1717–1768), who wrote an account of his experiences, thereby contributing to immortalise the collection’s legendary reputation. The exhibition presents numerous works that he encountered while roaming the royal gallery and which found his appreciation. Over the course of the 18th century, the collection evolved into a place of learning and exchange of ideas, luring numerous artists to draw inspiration from the Old Masters.” (kunsthalle’s press release)
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