Connecting Worlds: Artists & Travel from the Renaissance to the Present

Kupferstich-Kabinett, Dresden

Langlands & Bell have been invited to participate in Connecting Worlds. Artists & Travel from the Renaissance to the Present at the Kupferstich-Kabinett, Dresden, from 8 July – 8 October 2023.

Why did artists travel? What did they take with them? With whom did they travel and meet? How did they record their journey? This exhibition features works by major artists including Albrecht Dürer, Hans Holbein the Younger, Pieter Bruegel the Elder, Maria Sibylla Merian, and Angelika Kauffmann, for whom travel expanded their artistic and intellectual horizons and circles of friendship.

Divided into three sections “On the road”, “Destination Rome”, and “Dresden”, the exhibition begins by exploring artists on the road and what was important to them, from nature studies to architecture and the customs of local inhabitants. For centuries their main destination was Rome, with its incomparable remains from antiquity, also as the seat of the Catholic Church with its religious and institutional life celebrated through processions and public spectacle. Upon returning home, artists often used their drawings as the source for prints and paintings, thereby disseminating knowledge of their experience to a wider audience.

This international exhibition project is a collaboration between the Kupferstich-Kabinett, Dresden, and the Katrin Bellinger Collection, London, reflecting the complementary strengths of the two collections: the Kupferstich-Kabinett, with its extensive holdings on the themes of travel and science in the early modern period, and the Katrin Bellinger Collection, with its focus on representations of artists engaged in the creative process. The project is supplemented by prominent loans from national and international collections and will be accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue in English published by Paul Holberton, London.

Images:

Langlands & Bell, Frozen Sky, 1999.

Mari Sibylla Merian, Red Tulip, 1663-1717.

Friederich Preller the Elder, The artist with pupils in nature on the island of Vilm, 1847.

Hendrik Goltzius, Apollo Belvedere, 1592.

Eugene Viollet-le-Duc, The artist sketching while trapped in a crevasse, 1870.

Lambert Doomer, An artist sitting by a tree sketching, early 1660s.

Zacharias Wagner, Their Buch, 1630-40. Page 53, Banana (Pacoba).

Allart van Everdingen, Travellers sketching in a glade by a stream and fir trees.

Zacharias Wagner, Their Buch, 1630-40. Page 102: Landscape with people and buildings.

Carl Heinrich Jacob Felling, Banquet 1719 at the Turkish Palace, after 1729.

Thomas Rowlandson, An artist travelling in Wales, c 1797.

Carlo Labruzzi, The Colosseum from the Palatine Hill, Rome, early 1760s or 1770s.

Unknown, Shāh Jahān’s morning audience, India, 17th/18th century.