A Touch of the Divine

Drawings by Federico Barocci in British Collections

In 2002 the Fitzwilliam acquired a superb modello by Federico Barocci (1528/35-1612) showing the proposed composition for his painting commissioned by Pope Clement VIII in 1603 of The Institution of the Eucharist - the inspiration for this exhibition

Barocci was born in Urbino either in 1528 or 1535 into a family of distinguished craftsmen and astrologers and was one of the most famous artists in Italy of his day. Most of his paintings are altarpieces and many of them are still in the churches for which they were made. He was also an indefatigable draughtsman and more than 2,000 drawings by him survive, the majority in the Uffizi in Florence and in Berlin. His drawings have always been eagerly collected and in Britain there is a small but fine group scattered through public and private collections

Thu 16 February 2006 to Mon 29 May 2006
Mellon Gallery
Admission Free

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