Old Master Prints and Drawings

from the University Collection
Old College West Gallery
September 9–December 11, 2015

Francisco de Goya y Lucientes (1746-1828), Allá va eso (There it goes) from los Caprichos, plate 66, published 1799
Etching, aquatint and drypoint

Entering the West gallery in Old College Gallery from the exhibition COLOR/form, we adjust our eyes and our mindsets, moving back in time, and transitioning from monumental works in bold color to monochromatic masterpieces as small as 3 x 2 inches. This exhibition draws on the University collection to explore the history of printmaking through works by masters including Albrecht Dürer, Albrecht Altdorfer, Rembrandt van Rijn, William Hogarth and Francisco de Goya.

Beyond their intrinsic beauty, the prints on view illustrate the development of an art form from the early sixteenth to the early nineteenth century. Paralleling the dissemination of printed books in the late fifteenth century, the use of woodcuts that could be printed on the same press as that used for books became widespread. Soon artists were experimenting with cutting lines into metal; these lines would hold ink that would be transferred to paper when the metal plate was put through a print press. Engraving, in which lines are incised by hand, and etching, in which lines are “bitten” by acid, soon followed and spread throughout Europe.

Adriaen van Ostade (Dutch 1610-1685)
The Anglers, ca. 1653

At the University of Delaware, old master prints, often exhibited in the Museums’ study rooms, offer students the opportunity to examine and write about great works of art. The University Museums is seeking to expand its print collection: recently acquired etchings by Francisco de Goya, Adriaen van Ostade and Pietro Testa are here exhibited for the first time.

Perspectives is a series of informal afternoon discussions led by curators and invited faculty about the objects, exhibitions, and ideas on display in University Museums galleries. Scheduled for your lunch break, these varied, short and informal noontime talks offer an introduction to each exhibition as well as time for discussion.

Tuesday, September 29, 12:30-1:15 p.m. (Special Location)
Troy Richards, Associate Professor & Chair, Department of Art Studio Arts Building Room 213

Wednesday, October 28, 12:15-1 p.m.
Janet Gardner Broske, Collections Manager
Old College Gallery

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