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The 16th-Century Dutch Drawings

Title of the research project:
A typology of 16th-century Dutch drawings: materials, functions, styles

Outline:
This interdisciplinary research project involving both art history and the natural sciences has resulted in the establishment of a “Typology of Drawings” on the basis of the previously uninvestigated holdings of 16th-century Dutch drawings in the Kupferstich-Kabinett. In an extension of traditional stylistic criticism, this new “Typology” fulfils two roles: 1. The cataloguing of a section of the drawings collection (750 sheets) which was previously unknown to researchers. 2. The development of a new cataloguing method which takes account of the heterogeneity and disparity of the holdings of drawings. 

Project executing museum:
Kupferstich-Kabinett, Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden
Federal Institute for Materials Research and Testing (BAM), Berlin

Cooperative partners:
- Art History Institute of the University of Leiden in
association with the Leiden Cabinet of Prints and Drawings
- Delft University of Technology
- Dutch Art History Institute, Florence.

Funding:
German Research Foundation (DFG)

Project manager / Contacts at the Kupferstich-Kabinett::
Olaf Simon, Dr. Petra Kuhlmann-Hodick

Academic project leaders:
Dr. Thomas Ketelsen, Dr. Oliver Hahn

Contact:
Olaf.Simon@skd.museum

Project collaborators:
Georg Dietz, Manfred Hoss, Carsten Wintermann (freelance researchers, Dresden);
Olaf Simon in association with Elisabeth Horschik and Wiebke Schneider (Restoration Workshop, Kupferstich-Kabinett)

Duration:
1.1.2008 until 28.2.2010

Exhibition:
The 16th-century Dutch Drawings
Residenzschloss Dresden, Kupferstich-Kabinett (3rd floor)
Date to be announced

Karel van Mander, The Flight into Egypt, Pen-and-ink drawing in black, brush in blue, SKD, Kupferstich-Kabinett, Photo: Boswank