The exhibition introduces a rich collection of works on paper by sixteenth-century masters, including Pieter Bruegel the Elder and Maarten van Heemskerck.
The exhibition will provide a rare opportunity to examine this aspect of the Courtauld Collection and to examine in greater depth the traces left by sixteenth-century artists and craftsmen. Highly skilled draughtsmen created finished drawings, which skilled engravers translated onto copper printing plates. These, in turn, were published in large quantities by enterprising publishers who saw the economic potential in distributing relatively inexpensive works. In this way ingenious artistic ideas and elaborate motifs could travel and influence the development of art throughout Europe and beyond.