About 100 drawings, dated from the XIV to the XX century, are presented at the exhibition of masterpieces
at The national gallery of art in Washington
. It is devoted to one of the greatest scholars of the last century, Ian Vulnera.
Two key exhibit is the biggest acquisition of Jan Vulnera, known as the "crown jewels": the "Libro de' Disegni" Giorgio Vasari ( probably after 1480-1504) and "Satyr" (1544/1545) by Benvenuto Cellini.
The earliest works in the exhibition are two rare sheets from the XIV century: pages from the book of the unknown Austrian artist, and another attributed to the artist Paduani Antihero da Zevio, which depicts a group of knights storming a medieval castle. Almost half of the exhibition is devoted to the works of the XV and XVIth centuries, including drawings by Raphael, Leonardo and Albrecht Dürer.
Among the small group of works by the artists of the XVII century is a wonderful picture of Rembrandt "The View of Humevale near Sint-Antonospora" (about 1650). A collection of paintings of the XVIII century provided a large number of works by French and Venetian artists, including Francois Boucher, Giovanni Battista Tiepolo, and Jean-Honore Fragonard.
Collection of drawings of the 19th century includes works by Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres and the French symbolist Odilon Redon, one of Vulera's favorite artists. Several works of the twentieth century close the show: three drawings of a young Pablo Picasso, sketches by Georges Braque, three drawings of Louise Bourgeois.