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The Names of Artists

The Corso | Episode 1

For Alessandro della Latta it is not the artwork alone that is important. This is because the art historian concerns himself with artists’ signatures. And they are just as diverse as the artworks themselves. On the one hand they form part of a painting, but on the other they are a microcosm of their own. It is not rare for them to be well hidden or even incorporated into the theme of the work: Everyday objects that bear writing like crates, ships or knife blades provide information about the work’s authorship. Finally, from the 16th century onwards signatures became a seal of authenticity and were consequently repeatedly forged as of the 18th century so as to increase a painting’s value by adding names like “Rembrandt”. At the start of a new video series, della Latta provides some initial insights into the world of artist signatures. 

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The project
This project addresses artist signatures, which are examined in an interdisciplinary and comparative manner. Works under consideration are held by the Berlin Gemäldegalerie and Bode Museum. In addition, selected works from the Kunstgewerbemuseum (Museum of Decorative Arts), Kupferstichkabinett (Drawings and Print Room) and Münzkabinett (The Coin Collection) are to be studied. This will generate a representative cross-section of art production in Europe from the 9th to the 18th centuries. The examined signatures will be subjected to a detailed technical, formal and philological analysis and recorded in a database, so that statements can be made about the importance of the signature, the status and self-image of the artist in various epochs and cultural settings. The findings are to be discussed in a broader context at an international conference and published in book form.

Project leadership

Dr Alessandro Della Latta

Location

Berlin

Project management
Dr. Alessandro della Latta

Producer
Peter Prestel

Camera
Klaus Hernitschek

Editing
Klaus Hernitschek

Series created by
Gisela Graichen and Peter Prestel

All episodes
The Corso
Episode 1
10/18/2017
In the Museum of Prints and Drawings
Episode 2
10/25/2017
In the Laboratory
Episode 3
11/01/2017
The Cartellini
Episode 4
11/08/2017
The Devotion
Episode 5
11/15/2017
The General Interview with Dr. Alessandro della Latta
Episode 6
11/22/2017

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