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Drawings around 1500

HAUPTBAU / 23.02.–18.05.2008 / Curator: Christian Müller

Drawings of the late 15th and early 16th centuries, mostly from the region of the Upper Rhine, are among the highlights of the collection at the Kupferstichkabinett Basel. A selection will be on view, many of which were part of the Amerbach Collection. The Kupferstichkabinett owes its international renown to such masters as Hans Holbein the Elder, Hans Holbein the Younger, Hans Baldung Grien, Urs Graf and Niklaus Manuel Deutsch, but the extraordinary and, indeed, unique historical significance of the collection is indebted to the works created in the workshops of these artists or by others in their circle. The drawings were often anonymous, having been made as exercises or studies for paintings, sculptures and goldsmith designs. Of exceptional quality, they provide surprising insights into the way in which craftsmen and artists worked at the time.