The exhibition will examine the connections between beauty, horror, seduction, guile, femininity, erotic desire, violence and death, which have fascinated artists and audiences over the centuries.
Colnaghi’s history is inextricably linked with works on paper, with some of the most prestigious drawings to have been on the market passing through the firm’s hands. This exhibition celebrates the firm´s legacy, displaying important drawings from the last five centuries in juxtapositions which will reveal a continuity of practice throughout time, as well as giving vivid insights into the differing functions and techniques of drawing and the vital role that it played in the creation of art.
By uniting Old Master paintings and sculptures with modern works and furniture curated by renowned designer Chahan Minassian, our exhibition aims to capture the timeless spirit of the Grand Tour, illustrating the lifestyle of modern day collectors.
The Department's holdings include notable examples of Pre-Columbian, Ancient Near Eastern, Egyptian, European Bronze Age—as well as every period of Classical Antiquity from the earliest Greek Neolithic and Cycladic to the late Roman Empire and the subsequent Byzantine epoch. Believing in an interdisciplinary approach to Antiquities, we host innovative exhibitions that showcase ancient art and artefacts next to Old Master Paintings and contemporary works.