Art Diary

Traces: Renaissance Drawings for Flemish Prints

9 June 2022

This exhibition at the Courtauld Gallery in London (18 June–25 September) reveals the artistry of Flemish printmaking in the 16th century. With a focus on designs that would later be translated onto copper printing plates, the show explores how rapid developments in printing production in the late 16th­ to the early 17th century enabled artists to better disseminate work across Europe, with artistic influences spreading more easily as a result. Highlights include designs by Pieter Bruegel the Elder (c. 1525–69) and Maerten van Heemskerck (1498–1574). Find out more on the Courtauld Gallery’s website.

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The Colossus of Rhodes (1570), Maerten van Heemskerck. © The Courtauld

The Prophet Malachi (c. 1590), Nicolas I de Hoey. © The Courtauld

The Fair at Hoboken (1559), Pieter Bruegel the Elder. © The Courtauld