Myth, Allegory, and Faith: The Kirk Edward Long Collection of Mannerist Prints
The exhibition "Myth, Allegory, and Faith: The Kirk Edward Long Collection of Mannerist Prints" features about 180 engravings, etchings, woodcuts, and chiaroscuro woodcuts, serving to introduce this extensive private collection to the public. Featuring famous, paradigmatic works as well as fascinating prints by artists of less renown, the exhibition surveys the graphic manifestation of mannerism as it evolved over the course of the 16th-century in Europe's most innovative printmaking centers—Rome, Mantua, and Venice in Italy, Haarlem and Antwerp in the Low Countries, Fontainebleau and Paris in France, and Prague in the Holy Roman Empire. Representing the diversity of secular and religious themes favored at the time, the exhibition features compositions designed by such prominent artists as Giulio Romano and Maarten van Heemskerck and it highlights the virtuosity of century's greatest printmakers, including Marcantonio Raimondi, Ugo da Carpi, Giorgio Ghisi, Cornelis Cort, and Hendrick Goltzius, The exhibition is accompanied by a substantial catalogue that includes a history of the Long collection, essays on diverse aspects of 16th-century print culture by 10 renowned scholars, 146 entries by 18 scholars, and an illustrated checklist of the 674 prints and suites in the collection. The fully-illustrated volume is co-published by Silvana editoriale, Milan, and the Cantor Arts Center, Stanford University.