In the Roman Style. Mannerist Graphic Art in Estonian Collections
Starting in the 16th century, Mannerism, which stressed complexity and virtuosity, became the prevailing art style in Europe, and Rome was its most prominent art centre. Masterpieces by Michelangelo, Raphael and others geniuses of the era, which served to demonstrate the power of the pope, as well as the local antique legacy, attracted artists, art students and art lovers from all of Europe. The art of printing, both original and reproducible graphic art, intermediated the distribution of the new art to an even broader public. The book accompanying the exhibition will be completed in cooperation with Arkady Ippolitov, the famous Russian art historian and Keeper of the Italian Engravings Collection at the State Hermitage.
The exhibition at the Mikkel Museum establishes a dialogue with the exhibition taking place at the Kadriorg Museum at the same time, by more closely analysing the role of printmaking as the populariser of examples and the harmoniser of pictorial language.
Curators: Greta Koppel and Anu Allikvee
Cornelis Cort after F. Zuccaro. The Calumniation of Apelles. 1572. Art Museum of Estonia