I visited the MET a few days ago to see the Jan Gossart exhibit. Gossart was a Netherlandish artist painting in the late 15th century and early 16th century. Gossart was one of the first northern artists to visit Italy, where he was able to study ancient architecture and sculpture. He took this knowledge of the ancient world back to the Netherlands and incorporated certain aspects of the Italian Renaissance style into his painting. Gossart’s work ultimately changed the course of Northern European painting and paved the way for such artists as Peter Paul Rubens.
The exhibit was impressive – a total of five rooms filled with exeplary paintings, drawings, and statues. I enjoyed how other artists such as Durer were included in the exhibit, allowing for a comparison with Gossart.
Gossart’s ink drawings are impressive in the degree of detail invested in them. In addition to complete ink drawings, there were some studies which I thought were fascinating. The two drawings of soldiers were fun to look at because of Gossart’s combination of accurate military attire and his imagination.
Below is a short video produced by the MET that talks about the exhibit and the restoration/conservation process.