Wallraf-Richartz-Museum & Fondation Corboud

Parallel to its major exhibition "Discovered! Painting Techniques from Martini to Monet", the Wallraf dedicates its Print Room to learning to draw as the basis of artist training and aesthetic education. In Renaissance theory, drawing (Italian: "disegno") was considered the father of all arts. The term disegno is understood to mean not only practical design, but also the mental concept, i.e. the intellectual process behind it. With selected representations of drawing academies such as the first art school of Baccio Bandinelli (1493-1560), the Cologne graphics exhibition "Learning the Line" conveys a concrete idea of the lessons for budding artists.

In doing so, the Wallraf also presents some illustrative instructions for drawing and painting. Among them are the famous illustrations by William Hogarth (1697-1764), which the English artist created especially for his legendary book "The Analysis of Beauty" from 1753. The museum is also showing the latest acquisition for its Graphics Collection: the Sample Book of Johann Daniel Herz (1693-1754), which is devoted in particular to the extensive depiction of anatomical details and character heads. Last but not least, the exhibition captures the intensity and intimacy of drawing with impressive study sheets and depictions of artists drawing.