Depicting foreshortened figures and employing dramatic perspective, Renaissance and Baroque painters created convincing illusions on church ceilings and palace walls. This exhibition showcases drawings artists used to develop and record ideas for paintings that filled grand architectural spaces. Often the boundary between the real and the imagined is blurred in these works, allowing viewers a glimpse into the creative process in which artists’ imaginations and actual spaces intermingle.

This exhibition is organized by Jeongho Park, Assistant Curator, European Art, Blanton Museum of Art

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Lorenzo de’ Ferrari
Triumph of Hercules, 1690s (detail)
pen and brown ink with brush and brown wash with white heightening over black chalk on cream antique laid paper
19 x 14 5/16 in.
Blanton Museum of Art
The University of Texas at Austin
The Suida-Manning Collection