Musei Civici di Brescia, Gabinetto dei Disegni e delle Stampe
The Gabinetto dei disegni e delle stampe, which is located in the museum complex of San Salvatore and Santa Giulia, collects about 4,500 drawings and 25,000 prints. It is a heterogeneous heritage, which includes works of Brescian (in particular drawings), Italian and European production. The collection is of great interest not only from an artistic point of view (among the most valuable drawings are the sheets by Andrea Mantegna, Giovan Battista Moroni, Andrea Appiani and Luigi Basiletti, and among the prints are works by Albrecht Dürer, the "little German masters”, Stefano della Bella and the great nineteenth-century translation engravers such as Raffaello Morghen and Giuseppe Longhi), but also for the history of collecting. Indeed, the collection consists of specimens from the bequests of Count Paolo Tosio (1842) and Camillo Brozzoni (1863), two Brescian collectors who were particularly up to date on European culture; and of the ancient prints collection Martinengo Cesaresco, purchased by the Municipality in 1797 as a training tool for artists and connoisseurs.
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