National Gallery of Art Presents Clouds, Ice, and Bounty & Aquatint: From Its Origins to Goya

By Editorial Team on October 19, 2021
Dirck Hals, Merry Company on a Terrace, 1625, oil on panel, National Gallery of Art, Washington, The Lee and Juliet Folger Fund, 2020.11.1
On view through February  2022

Clouds, Ice, and Bounty

On view in the newly refurbished Dutch and Flemish Cabinet Galleries, Clouds, Ice, and Bounty presents 27 paintings acquired by the National Gallery of Art through the generosity of the Lee and Juliet Folger Fund, plus one painting from Lee and Juliet Folger’s personal collection. The exhibition considers how these paintings blend reality and fiction, revealing the values of the artists who made them, the patrons who commissioned them, and the collectors who cherished them.

Paul Sandby, Caernarvon Castle (Night)</i?, 1776, etching and aquatint printed in brown on laid paper, plate: 23.9 x 31.6 cm (9 7/16 x 12 7/16 in.), sheet: 29 x 37.2 cm (11 7/16 x 14 5/8 in.). National Gallery of Art, Washington. Gift of Ruth B. Benedict. 1994.60.58.

Aquatint: From Its Origins to Goya

The first American exhibition explores the medium as a cross-cultural and cosmopolitan phenomenon that contributed to the rise of art publishing, connoisseurship, leisure travel, and drawing instruction, as well as to the spread of neoclassicism. It features some 100 early and exceptional impressions depicting erupting volcanoes, amorous couples, mysterious tombs, biting caricatures, and moonlit vistas—many of which the National Gallery has recently acquired.

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