Raphael to Titian

Italian Drawings from the Städel Museum

8 October 2014 to 11 January 2015

The treasures of the Städel Museum comprise a large collection of works on paper whose sensitivity forbids to present them to the public on a permanent basis. There is a particular abundance of Italian drawings, most of which were part of Johann Friedrich Städel’s foundation donation; in the mid-nineteenth century, these holdings were extended by Johann David Passavant, the Director of the Städel, to form a collection of the first order.

For the exhibition “Raffael to Titian. Italian Renaissance Drawings from the Städel Museum”, a representative selection of about ninety works dating from between 1430 and 1600 was presented following new scholarly research and analysis. These works clearly illustrate the various artistic movements of that epoch and shed light on the technique and function of drawings as well as on the history of collecting at the Städel. The sheets included works by outstanding artists such as Michelangelo, Raphael, Correggio, and Titian, as well as drawings by anonymous masters of the fifteenth century and less known artists of the sixteenth century like Giulio Romano, Sebastiano del Piombo, or Taddeo Zuccari.

A methodical catalogue offering detailed descriptions and categorisations of the various works accompanied the exhibition.

CURATOR: Dr. Joachim Jacoby
PROJECT MANAGEMENT: Dr. Martin Sonnabend, Städel Museum
SUPPORTED BY: Stiftung Gabriele Busch-Hauck, Frankfurt am Main