12 May-15 Aug 2005
The Louvre is publishing the second volume of its catalogue of Tuscan drawings from the sixteenth to eighteenth centuries. On this occasion, the museum is presenting some sixty drawings from the collection, including works by Giovanni da San Giovanni, Carlo Ducci and Baldassarre Franceschini. Florentine naturalism, enriched by a fondness for theatre, fable and humour is present in the observation of bodies (the "naturale") or the depiction of the countryside around Florence. Influenced by a strong feeling of belonging to an aesthetic tradition that entails the art of drawing, Florentines of the seventeenth century were masters of the contour line, structured hatching and of the most delicate effects of "sfumato".