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Connecting Worlds: Artists and Travel

Connecting Worlds: Artists and Travel


This fascinating catalogue explores the theme of artists and travel and showcases over 100 drawings and prints. It accompanies Connecting Worlds: Artists & Travel, which is the first exhibition to approach the subject through the lens of artists’ experiences of travel from the Renaissance to the nineteenth century. 


Travel opens to new encounters and may connect different worlds. Artists record and define its experiences, fulfilling their desire to explore new subjects, environments and practices. This book explores the use of imagery on paper – prints or drawings, eminently transportable and lastingly vivid – by artists both famous and lesser-known to document their journeys, research and aspirations. It presents sketchbooks and individual sheets showing things, places and people seen with fresh eyes, while Rome, as top destination and networking centre for Northern travellers, is a special focus. Image-making is also conspicuously driven by the demands of patrons, who, historically, have employed artists to convey their knowledge of foreign cultures and their influence over other peoples and places. Notable among these were the Electors of Saxony, whose extensive collections, preserved to this day in Dresden, tell of their particular fascination with cultures from Turkey, India, China and Brazil, enabling mental journeys to places far distant from home.

A collaboration between the Kupferstich-Kabinett, Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden, and the Katrin Bellinger Collection, London, the exhibition and catalogue include works by major artists, lesser known professionals as well as amateurs, mostly from Northern Europe, amongst them Albrecht Dürer, Hans Holbein the Younger, Pieter Bruegel the Elder, Wenceslaus Hollar, Zacharias Wagner, Valentin Klotz, Maria Sibylla Merian, Angelika Kauffmann, Franz Pforr, Augusta von Buttlar, Julie von Egloffstein, Ludwig Richter and Friedrich Preller the Elder.

The richly illustrated catalogue features essays by an international panel of experts addressing such topics as the uses of artist sketchbooks across time, written and visual accounts of travel in books and prints, encounters with the Ottoman world, travel and collecting at the Saxon court.

  • Edited by Anita Viola Sganzerla and Stephanie Buck

    July 2023 

    Paperback, 300 x 230 mm

    256 pages, over 200 colour illus.

    ISBN: 978-1-913645-48-9

  • Exhibition Details

    Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden, Kupferstich-Kabinett

    8 July – 8 October 

  • About the authors

    Anita Viola Sganzerla is Curator of the Katrin Bellinger Collection; Stephanie Buck is Director of the Kupferstich-Kabinett at the Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden; Susan Dackerman is a museum professional and scholar; Monica Juneja is Professor of Global Art History at the Heidelberg Centre for Transcultural Studies; Petra Kuhlmann-Hodick is Senior Curator of the Kupferstich-Kabinett at the Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden; Mark McDonald is Curator of Drawings and Prints at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Christoph Orth is Curator of Prints and Drawings, Klassik Stiftung Weimar

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