Germanic Drawings at the Getty

Posted in exhibitions by Editor on April 7, 2011

From the Getty:

Spirit of an Age: Drawings from the Germanic World, 1770–1900
Getty Center, Los Angeles, 29 March — 19 June 2011

Jakob Philipp Hackert, "The Temple of Hercules in Cori near Velletri," 1783 (Los Angeles: The J. Paul Getty Museum)

Introducing recent acquisitions that represent a new area of the J. Paul Getty Museum’s collection, this exhibition features German and Austrian drawings made between 1770 and 1900. During that period, the Germanic world underwent profound changes—intellectual, social, economic, and political. Events such as the publications of Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, the Industrial Revolution, the formal unification of Germany into a nation state, and the invention of psychoanalysis shaped modern life and its representations in art.

In the early 1800s, the philosopher Georg Wilhelm Hegel professed that art was a fundamental mode of consciousness whereby humans could reach a profound understanding both of themselves and the world. Art, therefore, reflected the spirit of the age (“Zeitgeist” in German) in which it was created; this influential notion held sway over the 19th century. In fact, drawing—along with music—proved to be an essential expression of the period. It achieved an extremely high rank among the pictorial arts, sustained by the rise of art academies, which particularly emphasized draftsmanship as part of artistic training and practice. . . .

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