Embellishing Architecture: Italian drawings of architectural decorations and ornaments (1550-1800)
08 Sep 2011 - 02 Jan 2012
This installation investigates the different ways Early Modern Italian artists engaged with architectural design through the creation –on paper– of ornamental and decorative motifs. It showcases a selection of drawings from our collection that explores artists’ treatment of sacred and secular interior spaces by means of illusionistic decoration and three-dimensional ornamentation. Together, these original designs on paper articulate the importance of drawing not only as a medium of expression but primarily as an integral part of the conceptual and representational processes of ornamental and decorative architectural design.
Organized by the National Gallery of Canada.
Design for Interior Wall Decoration with Three Figures(detail) c. 1560-1565
National Gallery of Canada