The Genius of Drawing - From Da Vinci to Rembrandt

The Genius of Drawing - From Da Vinci to Rembrandt

The Genius of Drawing: From Da Vinci to Rembrandt features 25 small drawings by giants of the art world. Foremost among these is a portrait by Leonardo da Vinci, one of two sketches by the great artist in Dutch collections. Guest curator Taco Dibbits, director of Amsterdam’s Rijksmuseum, chose these from the collection assembled by Amsterdam business tycoon Carel Joseph Fodor (1801-1860), now managed by Amsterdam Museum. The Genius of Drawing appears at Amsterdam’s Cromhout House from 8 July to 15 October.

Rembrandt van Rijn - Oude vrouw met platte muts
Rembrandt van Rijn (1606-1669) - Old lady with flat head

The drawing collection which coal magnate Fodor bequeathed to the city of Amsterdam in 1860 is truly world-class. It features works by celebrated artists such as Leonardo da Vinci, Rubens, Van Dyck, Goltzius and Rembrandt. Guest curator Taco Dibbits, Rijksmuseum director and art historian, revisits a long-cherished passion: drawings. And he expounds on his vision of these works in an audio guide for visitors. Accompanying the exhibition is a programme of high teas, an art show and weekly drawing lessons, in English on demand.

The show introduces nineteenth-century art collector Carel Joseph Foder of Amsterdam who made a fortune trading in coal. He was also an avid collector and played a prominent role in Amsterdam’s art scene, not least on the board of the city’s Royal Academy of Fine Arts. After his death in 1860, the city opened Museum Fodor on Keizersgracht: he had bequeathed his collection of paintings, prints and drawings to the city of Amsterdam. When Museum Fodor eventually closed in 1993, Fodor’s collection passed to the care of Amsterdam Museum.

Leonardo da Vinci - grijsaard
Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519) - Old man

Carel Joseph Fodor’s collection contains over nine hundred drawings of the highest quality. Taco Dibbits has selected 25 portraits and figure sketches, all dating from before 1700. The virtuosity of Leonardo da Vinci, the spontaneity of Rubens’ line and Rembrandt’s characteristic style are displayed alongside works by Anthony van Dyck, Hendrick Goltzius, Cornelis Visscher and many others. The show focuses on three major exhibits: special guides draw the attention of visitors to particular aspects of these drawings.