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Catalogue Raisonné of Bolognese Paintings

Title of the research project:
Catalogue Raisonné of Bolognese Paintings at the Old Masters Picture Gallery Dresden

Project executing museum:
Gemäldegalerie Alte Meister

The Bolognese School artworks form a main focus in the collection of the Department of Italian Painting. Although the origins of the Gemäldegalerie can be traced to the art chamber founded around 1560, the present holdings of Bolognese artists are largely the result of the acquisitions made by August III, Elector of Saxony and King of Poland, in the mid-eighteenth century. The Bolognese works, comprising circa 120 paintings and one pastel, date from the late fifteenth to the mid-eighteenth century. Producing an inventory catalog entails extensive research into each work and locating this within the context of a critical summary of existing scholarly opinions. This starts from a painting’s material condition and conservation history. Research has to be conducted into the painting process and preliminary sketches. There is the question of the work’s ascription, its date and position in the artist’s oeuvre. The work’s iconography has to be interpreted, and its art historical context elaborated. The provenance of the work has to be reconstructed, including the history of the work within the collection.

Results and aims:
Catalogue Raisonné

2006–2008 and 2012–2015

Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden
Curatorial Research Fellowship 2007 (The Getty Foundation, Los Angeles).
J. Paul Getty Museum Scholar (Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles, April–Juni 2008).
Samuel H. Kress Senior Fellow 2013–2014 (Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts, National Gallery of Art, Washington DC).

Project manager:
Dr. Andreas Henning, curator of Italian painting at the Gemäldegalerie Alte Meister


For further information:
Andreas Henning / Scott Schaefer (ed.): Captured emotions – Baroque Painting in Bologna 1575–1725, exhibition catalogue The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles 2008/09, Los Angeles 2008.

Andreas Henning: Bologneser Malerei in der Dresdener Gemäldegalerie Alte Meister vom Beginn des Cinquecento bis zur Mitte des Settecento; in: Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz / Max-Planck-Institut, Forschungsbericht Herbst 2006–2008, Florence 2009, pp. 218-219.