12 April until 4 August 2013
Antiquity as Decor
The Graphics Collection Wangenheim

In the second half of the 18th century a renewal of the arts emanated from Rome. The role model of courtly fashion from Versaille was replaced by art from Antiquity. Sculptures, vases and frescos from Roman ruins, as well as architectural remains provided a detailed impression of Roman Antiquity. Prints and topographic views were studied for ideas on antique ornaments and motives in art centres throughout Europe. The Berlin collector Wolfgang von Wangenheim has been avidly collecting these reproductions for years. They impart a multifaceted and surprisingly intense picture of intellectual life in the 18th century – the time when Johann Joachim Winckelmann, founder of Classical archaeology, or young Goethe travelled to Italy. As representatives of Enlightenment they sought the ideal Antique world, which could act as an example for their contemporaries. The Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe Hamburg will display a great selection of works from the Wolfgang von Wangenheim Collection, which the Collector is leaving to the museum on the occasion of this exhibition.

Abb.: Monogrammist ACI nach Annibale Carracci (1560-1609), Ganymed mit dem Adler, Aus dem Deckengemälde im Palazzo Farnese, Rom, Ende 17. Jh., Radierung, 15 x 20 cm, Foto: MKG