The Custodia Foundation, near our hotels, is spoiling us with not one, not two, but three art exhibitions – Studi & Schizzi. Drawing the Human Figure in Italy 1450-1700, Anna Metz. Etchings and Siemen Dijkstra. À bois perdu, all in a gorgeous, historic Parisian townhouse. Wow!
Let’s start with Studi & Schizzi. Drawing the Human Figure in Italy 1450-1700. The Foundation is showing 86 works created by artists from the Renaissance to the Baroque period, taken from Custodia’s collection of 600 Italian drawings.
The exhibition analyses how the artists posed their models in order to draw them, the relationship between model and artist, the effects of shade and fabrics…
More info here.
Coinciding with the exhibition, the Foundation is launching its online image database, starting with their 600 Italian drawings. The rest will follow throughout 2020.
Anna Metz, born in Rotterdam in 1939, is a contemporary artist who only hit her stride really in the 1990s after turning 5°, when her children became independent.
The exhibition looks at the entirety of her career and show her evolution – for example, she made engravings in the 1960s, but last summer turned to etchings of landscapes after a stay in Spain.
Each layer of colour is cut from a single piece of wood before being printed successively onto paper, with often 10 ro 18 layers needed to complete the image.
The result – often landscape images of the Drenthe region where he lives – is bursting with colour and almost photorealistic.
Three great exhibitions for just 10€, and a beautiful Parisian townhouse to discover at the same time!