24/01/2020 - 09/02/2020




Wall and ceiling paintings had their heyday in the Late Renaissance and Baroque periods. Within this context drawings fulfilled the most varied of functions. Many sheets were created before the completion of the fresco and are part of the work process; others were executed after the pictures were finished. The 27 works shown in the cabinet corridor range from the first sketched ideas to studies of figures and from accurately elaborated sections of drafts to complete compositional drawings.

Gaudenzio Ferrari (um 1477 – 1546), Engelskonzert, Entwurf für eine Kuppeldekoration im Santuario di S. Maria dei Miracoli, Saronno, 1532/34, Pinsel in Braun, weiß gehöht, 475 x 300 mm, Inv.-Nr. 2660 Z © Staatliche Graphische Sammlung München

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Pinakothek der Moderne
Barer Straße 40
80333 München

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Cesare Nebbia (1536 – 1614), Wand- und Deckenentwurf mit Apollo-Szenen, 1566/72, Feder in Braun, braun laviert, über Spuren von schwarzem Stift, braun umrandet,
276 x 261 mm, Inv.-Nr. 34025 Z © Staatliche Graphische Sammlung München

In Late Renaissance and Baroque

frescoists often did not simply keep to given architectural features but reinterpreted these in their wall and ceiling paintings. In this way a wall painting could give the impression that an interior space was open to the outside or that a dome revealed a view of the heavenly spheres. Studies made after such pictorial inventions honour the compositions. They were often made by artists on their travels who wanted to take a collection of motifs back home with them or were commissioned by collectors who sought to gain an impression of illusionist concepts that, not infrequently, had become well known. Several of these sheets are of paintings that have since been lost and are of great documentary value. Others served as preliminary drawings for reproduction as prints, in the case that no drawings made during the preparatory stages of a work were available.

Niccolò Martinelli, gen. Trometta (um 1540 – 1611), Verkündigung und Geburt Christi, Entwurf für eine Lünettendekoration, 1565/70, Feder in Braun, braun laviert,
weiß gehöht auf blaugrauem Papier, 340 x 540 mm, Inv.-Nr. 2721 Z © Staatliche Graphische Sammlung München

Drawings created as part of the work process

on the other hand, trace an artist’s path to a pictorial invention and the search for new, compelling solutions. Many depictions – in the shape of pendentives or lunettes, for example – simultaneously indicate the correlation between a projected painting and the architecture. Among the art forms of the time this is the sovereign force to which sculpture, painting and ornament were subordinate.

The exhibition includes sheets by Federico Zuccari and Annibale Carracci, from Pietro da Cortona, Giovanni Lanfranco, Giovanni Battista Gaulli and several other famous frescoists.


Kreis des Federico Zuccari (1542 – 1609)
Taddeo Zuccari zeichnet in der Gartenloggia der Villa Farnesina
um 1590
Feder in Braun, braun laviert, über Spuren von schwarzem Stift 342 x 185 mm Inv.-Nr. 2582 Z
Giovanni Battista Beinaschi (1636 – 1688)
Cello spielender Engel
Variation im Gegensinn nach einer Figur Giovanni Lanfrancos (1582 – 1647), Kuppel, S. Andrea della Valle, Rom, um 1660
Schwarze und weiße Kreide auf blauem Papier 540 x 425 mm Inv.-Nr. 13798 Z
Lorenzo de‘ Ferrari (1680 – 1744)
Engel mit Girlande
um 1720
Schwarze Kreide, teilweise verrieben, weiß gehöht 555 x 405 mm Inv.-Nr. 1997:24 Z
Gaudenzio Ferrari (um 1477 – 1546)
Entwurf für eine Kuppeldekoration im Santuario di S. Maria dei Miracoli, Saronno, 1532/34
Pinsel in Braun, weiß gehöht 475 x 300 mm Inv.-Nr. 2660 Z
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