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Drawing in the Netherlands from Bosch to Bruegel

Emily J. Peters and Laura M. Ritter; With contributions by Koenraad Jonckheere, Stephanie Porras, and Annemarie Stefes

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An innovative examination of sixteenth-century Netherlandish drawing against the backdrop of the urban economic boom, the Protestant Reformation, and the Eighty Years’ War

Featuring works by Hieronymus Bosch (c. 1450–1516), Jan Gossaert (c. 1478–1532), Maarten van Heemskerck (1498–1574), Pieter Bruegel the Elder (c. 1525–1569), Hendrick Goltzius (1558–1617), and others, this book positions drawing in the Low Countries in the sixteenth century as a dynamic, multifaceted practice. Drawings played roles as varied as the artists who made them: they were designs for prints, paintings, stained glass windows, decorative objects, and tapestries, as well as tools for presentation, translation, and the display of knowledge and virtuosity. The artists’ diversified urban communities shaped their drawing practices, as did shifting cultural and political circumstances surrounding Protestant Reform and the Eighty Years’ War. In addition to the book’s four illuminating essays, many of the more than eighty catalogue entries—selected from the holdings of The Albertina Museum and the Cleveland Museum of Art—present new research.

Distributed for the Cleveland Museum of Art

Exhibition Schedule:

The Cleveland Museum of Art
(October 9, 2022–January 8, 2023)

The Albertina Museum, Vienna

Emily J. Peters is the curator of prints and drawings at The Cleveland Museum of Art. Laura Ritter is the curator at The Albertina Museum, Vienna.



The Cleveland Museum of Art
(October 9, 2022–January 8, 2023)

The Albertina Museum, Vienna

ISBN: 9780300266696
Publication Date: November 15, 2022
Publishing Partner: Distributed for the Cleveland Museum of Art
336 pages, 9 x 12
252 color illus.
A New History of Western Art

From Antiquity to the Present Day

Koenraad Jonckheere

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