The Italian Drawings of the 17th and 18th Centuries in the Teyler Museum

Online symposium

27 oktober 2021, 16:00 - 18:00

The Italian drawings in the collection of Teylers Museum are world-famous. They belong to the most important acquisition in the museum's history: the purchase in 1790 of several albums of drawings from the collection of Queen Christina of Sweden (1626-1689) and Roman nobleman Livio Odescalchi (1658-1713). Overnight, the brand-new museum came into possession of over 1700 drawings.

The seventeenth and eighteenth-century drawings, with sheets by Bernini, Carracci, Guido Reni, Gercino, Salvator Rosa and many others, are now described in a new catalogue by Carel van Tuyll van Serooskerken. Van Tuyll, former chief curator of Teylers Museum and head of the department of prints and drawings in the Louvre, spent over twenty years researching this part of the collection, which consists of 900 drawings. In this online symposium, he will present the most significant findings of his research, and three international experts will respond. 

Programme

16.00    Welcome by Terry van Druten
16.10     Presentation by Carel van Tuyll on his research
16.45     Responses by experts Simonetta Prosperi Valenti, Sebastian Schütze and Cristiana Romalli
17.30     Discussion and questions, moderated by Klazina Botke
18.00     Closing words by Marjan Scharloo

Simonetta Prosperi Valenti is professor emeritus at the Tor Vergata University of Rome. She is one of the most prominent experts in the field of Italian drawing (16th-18th century). Her research focuses primarily on the history of collecting and the market for drawings, on which she has published extensively. She is currently a member of the MiUR-SIR (scientific independence of young researchers) project dedicated to studying the famous Italian collector Padre Resta.

Sebastian Schütze has been professor of art history at the University of Vienna since 2009. He was long associated with the Bibliotheca Hertziana (Max Planck Institute for Art History) in Rome. His interest lies in Italian art of the early modern period and its influence in Europe. His many publications include monographs on Cardinal Maffeo Barberini, the famous artist Caravaggio and the somewhat less well-known Italian Baroque painter Massimo Stanzione.

Cristiana Romalli is Senior Specialist Old Master Drawings at Sotheby’s in London, where she is responsible for all Italian drawings. She has curated several exhibitions, including Drawing in Bologna 1550-1600 (Courtauld Institute of Art, London), and contributed to numerous academic publications. She has also made a number of important new discoveries, in collaboration with others, including drawings by Leonardo da Vinci and Raphael.

Admission is free of charge; register via this link.

A selection of the drawings is on view in the museum until November 7, 2021 in our exhibition Baroque in Teylers.

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