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Exhibition: “Masterpieces from the prints collection of Baron Samuel von Brukenthal”

Location: Brukenthal Palace, Prints and Drawings Cabinet
Duration: 28.09 - 26.11.2017
Opening: Thursday, September 28, 1:00 pm
Curator: Dr. Laura Coltofean

Text from the exhibition curator:

Baron Samuel von Brukenthal (1721-1803), Governor of the Grand Principality of Transylvania between 1777 and 1787, was a passionate collector with an encyclopedic vision. His collections were formed in the second half of the 18th century with the purpose of educating and delighting; the collections comprised paintings, books, prints, maps, coins, antiquities and even minerals. Samuel von Brukenthal’s art collection consisted of works that belonged to the European schools of painting. This was completed with a prints collection which, according to the surviving documents, was created during the Baron’s stay in Vienna, first acquisitions of prints dating from the 1770s.
The exhibition presents a selection of the most valuable and interesting works from Baron Samuel von Brukenthal’s prints collection. It comprises a few original engravings and especially reproductive and interpretative engravings after great artists of the Renaissance and Baroque, such as Raphael, Tintoretto, Correggio, Titian, Caravaggio, Annibale Carracci, Guido Reni, Peter Paul Rubens, Antoon van Dyck and Jacob Jordaens. The exhibited prints were made between the 16th and 18th centuries by Flemish and Dutch, Italian, French, German and Austrian, as well as English master engravers. Thus, the exhibition includes the names of renowned printmakers, such as Albrecht Dürer, Hendrick Goltzius, Aegidius Sadeler, Nicolaes de Bruyn, Schelte à Bolswert, Marcantonio Raimondi, Agostino Carracci, Claude Mellan, Gérard Edelinck, Andreas and Joseph Schmutzer, Robert Strange, and others.
In the past, prints completed the painting collections. Through multiplication, they allowed the access to works of art that collectors did not manage to purchase and possess because of financial reasons or the rarity of a certain painting. Therefore, prints ensured the circulation and spread of cultural and visual information. At the same time, they played a major role in the artistic education of the time.
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