Flanders, XVI Century - printed paper prepares to become a formidable means of communication, capable of crossing borders and distances. Antwerp is the beating heart of a process that will change the face of Europe forever. Shrewd editors sense the immense potential of graphic arts and invest in the circulation of ideas and images on a vast scale. Behind their success are skilled drawers, such as Pieter Bruegel the Elder. Transfered onto sheets of copper and then printed on paper, the drawings of the Flemish masters travel the entire continent, influencing the development of art and thinking like never before. This summer, the Courtauld Gallery offers visitors the chance to look behind the scenes of the workshops of the 1500s in Antwerp through a selection of fragile and precious works on paper. Highlighted are the drawings of artists such as Maerten van Heemskerk, Cornelis Cort and Maerten de Vos. But the height of the exhibition is, without a doubt, The Fair at Hoboken by Bruegel the Elder, a pen-and-ink work brimming with characteristic scenes and personages in the midst of a peasant celebration at the gates of Antwerp.
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