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Northern Drawings of the 15th and 16th Centuries
February 8 through May 21, 2000
Ground Floor, Robert Lehman Wing

Opening February 8, 2000, the second rotation of Northern drawings from The Metropolitan Museum of Art's Robert Lehman Wing will feature 15th- and 16th-century German, Netherlandish, and French drawings and manuscripts that have not been exhibited in nearly a decade. Selected from the trove of treasured master drawings and illuminations assembled by Robert Lehman, the works on view in Northern Drawings of the 15th and 16th Centuries in the Robert Lehman Collection will be complemented by several loans from the Museum's Department of Medieval Art. Four autograph sheets by Albrecht Dürer will be among the highlights of the presentation. Works by Martin Schongauer, Hans Baldung Grien, and Maerten van Heemskerck will also be featured, in addition to drawings from the Circle of Jan van Eyck and the Circle of Rogier van der Weyden.

The exhibition is made possible by Robert Lehman Foundation, Inc.

Organized by The Metropolitan Museum of Art, the exhibition will coincide with the publication of the Lehman Collection catalogue Fifteenth- to Eighteenth-Century European Drawings in the Robert Lehman Collection: Central Europe, The Netherlands, France, England.

The current rotation of drawings — on view through January 9, 2000 — features a remarkable assemblage of 17th- and 18th-century Dutch, Flemish, French, and British drawings. Northern Drawings of the 17th and 18th Centuries in the Robert Lehman Collection includes some 90 drawings that reflect Mr. Lehman's diverse interest in Northern draftsmanship, with sheets by celebrated masters such as Rubens, Rembrandt, Boucher, Fragonard, and Gainsborough presented alongside works of exceptional quality by lesser-known and, in some cases, unknown artists.

The exhibition has been organized by Dita Amory, Assistant Curator, Robert Lehman Collection, at The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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November 10, 1999

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