In the Berlin Kupferstichkabinett, the globally unique collection of around 160 drawings from his five-year stay in the city is being presented in its entirety for the first time, 450 years after the artist's death.
In 1532, the Dutch artist Maarten van Heemskerck (1498–1574) went on a journey to Rome. During his forays through Rome, van Heemskerck visited art collections and ancient gardens, made pilgrimages to holy sites and filled his sketchbook with drawings. He captured wide panoramas as well as detailed views, sketching based on ancient sculptures and Renaissance frescoes.
In this way he created an extensive pool of motifs from which he drew throughout his life and which today represents an important visual source on Renaissance Rome. In addition to the highly virtuoso drawings, paintings, books, graphics and plaster casts from various Berlin collections as well as national and international museums complement the presentation.
A special exhibition by the Kupferstichkabinett – Berlin State Museums in cooperation with the Bibliotheca Hertziana – Max Planck Institute for Art History, Rome