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Master Drawings Master Drawings is the leading international periodical for the study of drawings from the fourteent Master Drawings Association, Inc. is a not-for-profit organization incorporated in the State of New York on March 16, 1962, for the purpose of disseminating knowledge in the field of Western draftsmanship since the Renaissance.

Its mission is fulfilled mainly through the publication of the subscription-based, academic quarterly Master Drawings, which was launched in 1963. The founding Editor was the late Felice Stampfle, Curator of Drawings and Prints at the Pierpont Morgan Library, New York; the first Associate Editors were the late Jacob Bean, Curator of Drawings at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and Egbert Haverkamp-

Its mission is fulfilled mainly through the publication of the subscription-based, academic quarterly Master Drawings, which was launched in 1963. The founding Editor was the late Felice Stampfle, Curator of Drawings and Prints at the Pierpont Morgan Library, New York; the first Associate Editors were the late Jacob Bean, Curator of Drawings at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and Egbert Haverkamp-

“Giorgio Vasari, The Book of Drawings. The Fate of a Legendary Collection,” at the  Musée du Louvre in Paris, focuses on...
05/27/2022

“Giorgio Vasari, The Book of Drawings. The Fate of a Legendary Collection,” at the
Musée du Louvre in Paris, focuses on Vasari’s legendary collection of Italian drawings from the fourteenth to the late sixteenth-centuries. The exhibit, organized by the Louvre and the Nationalmuseum, Stockholm, features some 100 works by artists such as Domenico Ghirlandaio, Sandro Botticelli, Andrea Verrocchio, Andrea Mantegna, Filippino Lippi, Pietro Perugino, Raphael, Parmigianino, Sofonisba Anguissola, Primaticcio and Vasari himself. You can see the drawings and learn about the mystery behind Vasari’s book until July 18 at the Louvre, and then from October 22 through January 8, 2023 at the Nationalmuseum in Stockholm.

(Image: Sofonisba Anguissola, Young Woman Smiling at a Child Bitten by a Crayfish, Naples Museo e Real Bosco di Capodimonte)

Works on paper by Jacques Louis David, the eighteenth-century French artist, is receiving renewed attention these days w...
05/26/2022

Works on paper by Jacques Louis David, the eighteenth-century French artist, is receiving renewed attention these days with the extraordinary exhibition that recently closed at the The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Organized by Perrin Stein, Curator at the Met and Reviews Editor at MASTER DRAWINGS. David is also at the center of this week’s THROWBACK THURSDAY WITH MASTER DRAWINGS.

It is well-known that the artist often did preparatory drawings for his paintings. Art historian and noted David scholar Tamar Mayer looks at David’s use of collage for two of his most complex, large drawings, both preparatory for his painting of the “Intervention of the Sabine Women.” Mayer’s fascinating analysis (Vol 56, Issue 2) dives into detail on how collage represented a significant shift from David’s earlier preparatory routines.

Broaden your understanding of David’s work by reading more about Mayer’s research. You can purchase the essay at https://masterdrawings.org/issue/summer-2018/
and if you missed it in person, visit the Met’s exhibition page at https://www.metmuseum.org/exhibitions/listings/2022/jacques-louis-david-radical-draftsman

(Image: Jacques Louis David, “Compositional Study for the Intervention of the Sabine Women,” Musée du Louvre, Paris)

“Making a Mark: Contemporary Drawings,” at the Portland Art Museum in Portland, Oregon, showcases 23 artists whose drawi...
05/23/2022

“Making a Mark: Contemporary Drawings,” at the Portland Art Museum in Portland, Oregon, showcases 23 artists whose drawing practices emphasize process. Works, by artists such as William Anastasi, Arnold Kemp, Marco Maggi, Allyson Strafella, and Joan Waltemath, illuminate the wide variety of expressions possible when materials and tools take center stage. The exhibit is on view until November 20.
(Image: Arnold Kemp, “Daydream Nation (14),” graphite pencil and Flashe paint on Chinese paper, Portland Art Museum, Portland, Oregon)

More than 40 spectacular watercolors are among the works by Winslow Homer featured in “Winslow Homer: Crosscurrents,” on...
05/21/2022

More than 40 spectacular watercolors are among the works by Winslow Homer featured in “Winslow Homer: Crosscurrents,” on view at
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Homer believed that his watercolors were essential to his artistic legacy. They are celebrated for their technical brilliance, fluid immediacy, and striking, saturated tones. In them, the artist explored on a more intimate scale the powerful themes that preoccupied him across his career: epic scenes of distress on the ocean, conflict between humans and nature, and the transience of life.

You don’t want to miss this inspiring exhibition which will be open until July 31. If you can’t make it, then enjoy this virtual tour https://www.metmuseum.org/perspectives/videos/2022/4/homer-tour

(Image: Winslow Homer, “Hurricane, Bahamas,” watercolor and graphite on off-white wove paper, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York)

Seventeenth-century Dutch artist Frans Post is famous for his landscape paintings produced upon his return to the Nether...
05/19/2022

Seventeenth-century Dutch artist Frans Post is famous for his landscape paintings produced upon his return to the Netherlands after spending seven years in Brazil. The native flora and fauna depicted in the paintings was suspected to have been based on original drawings made in Brazil, but until 2016, not a single animal or plant study was known. The story of this discovery is the focus of today’s THROWBACK THURSDAY WITH MASTER DRAWINGS.

During a digitization project, Alexander de Bruin, curator of the image collection of the Noord-Hollands Archief, stumbled upon 34 completely unknown drawings by Halls. The previously unrecognized studies included a white-lipped peccary, Brazilian porcupine, nine-banded armadillo, capybara, jaguar, and white-eared possum. These sensational discoveries were published in MASTER DRAWINGS in 2016 (Vol 54, Issue 3).

You can see these stunning images and read more when you order your copy of the issue at https://masterdrawings.org/issue/autumn-2016/

(Image: Frans Post, “Jaguar,” Noord-Hollands Archief, Haarlem)

“Frédéric Bruly Bouabré: World Unbound,” at MoMA The Museum of Modern Art  in New York, is the first survey of Bouabré’s...
05/17/2022

“Frédéric Bruly Bouabré: World Unbound,” at MoMA The Museum of Modern Art in New York, is the first survey of Bouabré’s work, and the first exhibition at MoMA devoted to an Ivorian artist. The exhibit features more than 1,000 drawings covering the artist’s immense production from the 1970s until his death in 2014. A highlight of the exhibition is the Alphabet Bété—Bouabré’s invention of the first writing system for the Bété people, an ethnic group in present-day Côte d’Ivoire to which the artist belonged. Also on view are hundreds of postcard-size illustrations that he drew on cardboard packages of hair products he salvaged from his neighborhood in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire’s economic capital. This impressive exhibition is on view until August 13.

(Image: Frédéric Bruly Bouabré, “Ô, Dear black power, if you sit on “world trone”, let “God” to lead peacefully your heart, in love of human kind of all colour: Aie l’amour de toute humaine couleur!!!!” colored pencil, pencil, and ballpoint pen on board, The Museum of Modern Art, New York. © 2022 Family of Frédéric Bruly Bouabré)

“Venice in the 1700s,” at the Minneapolis Institute of Art, celebrates the recent acquisition of MIA’s first outstanding...
05/15/2022

“Venice in the 1700s,” at the Minneapolis Institute of Art, celebrates the recent acquisition of MIA’s first outstanding Francesco Guardi drawing. The exhibit focuses on how Guardi and two fellow artists of the period, Antonio Canale (known as Canaletto) and Giambattista Tiepolo, captured the spirit and essence of Venice with their drawings and prints. You can catch the exhibition until October 16.

(Image: Francesco Guardi, “The Return of the Buncintoro from S. Nicolò di Lido (detail),” pen and brown ink and wash, over black chalk, Minneapolis Institute of Art)

Learn about seventeenth-century Dutch artists and their travels in a lecture by Jane Shoaf Turner, Editor of MASTER DRAW...
05/14/2022

Learn about seventeenth-century Dutch artists and their travels in a lecture by Jane Shoaf Turner, Editor of MASTER DRAWINGS, and former head of the Rijksprentenkabinet at the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam. The in-person presentation, taking place at our partner institution, The Harvard Art Museums on Tuesday May 24th from 4:00pm – 5:30pm, coincides with the opening of “Crossroads: Drawing the Dutch Landscape.” On view through August 14, the exhibition explores the profusion of local landscape imagery that occurred in the 17th century, just as the Dutch Republic was expanding its colonial holdings around the world. It features works by artists such as Pieter Bruegel the Elder, Rembrandt van Rijn, Jan van Goyen, and Jacob van Ruisdael.

The lecture is free, but seating is limited. For reservations visit https://harvardartmuseums.org/calendar/on-the-move-17th-century-dutch-artists-and-their-travels

(Image: Lambert Doomer, “Dutch, View of Rouen with Mont Sainte-Catherine,” brown ink, brown and gray wash, green transparent watercolor, and touches of white chalk, Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts)

The seventeenth-century Flemish artist, Peter Paul Rubens is well-known for his religious and mythological works. But ma...
05/12/2022

The seventeenth-century Flemish artist, Peter Paul Rubens is well-known for his religious and mythological works. But many may not be aware that he was also a significant art collector. This important part of Ruben’s legacy is the spotlight of today’s THROWBACK THURSDAY WITH MASTER DRAWINGS.

In a three-part series, during the 1960’s (Vol 2:4, Vol 3:1 and Vol 4:2), the late Michael Jaffé, British art historian, curator, and noted Rubens scholar, meticulously demonstrated what motivated Rubens to become a collector. Using works by the master and other artists, Jaffé illustrated how collecting influenced Rubens’s work. In his opening essay, Jaffé points out that Rubens’ impulse to collect was primarily aesthetic and practical rather than guided by historical considerations.

Read about other art collectors in our upcoming Fall 2022 issue of MASTER DRAWINGS. Subscribe now at https://masterdrawings.org/subscribe/

(Image: Copy after Tadde Zuccaro, retouched by Rubens, “Last Supper,” chalk, pen, washed brown paper, Albertina Museum, Vienna)

The 30th edition of the Salon du Dessin –one of the most significant drawings showcases of the year–opens next week at t...
05/11/2022

The 30th edition of the Salon du Dessin –one of the most significant drawings showcases of the year–opens next week at the Palais Brongniart in Paris. In addition to 39 international exhibitors, the Musée du Grand Siècle will show a selection of some fifty drawings from the Pierre Rosenberg Collection ranging from the sixteenth to the twentieth centuries. The Salon will also host an exhibition of drawings by the French garden designer Achille Duchêne from the collections of the Musée des Arts Décoratifs.

Other exciting highlights include: an exhibition of the winners of the 15th Contemporary Drawing Prize; the International Drawing Meetings devoted to gardens and botany; and a Children’s Drawing Competition. A performance by Christelle Tea artist-draftswoman will also take place during the week. Her works will be exhibited and subsequently put on sale with the proceeds going towards the restoration of a drawn work at the Museum of Decorative Arts.

The Salon du Dessin is on from May 18 to May 23. Tickets and more information can be found at https://www.salondudessin.com/en/home/

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examples from our renaissance-catalogue, until 2021 these drawings were shown in Hamburg, now in preparation of a permanent exhibition at Schloss Rochsburg.
Yesterday, our friend and colleague Maarten Bassens won the prestigious 2021 Ricciardi Prize for Best Article by a Young Scholar by Master Drawings. In his contribution, Maarten shed light on Jan Verbeeck, a 16th-century enigmatic draughtsman from Mechelen. Join us tonight Tuesday, January 26, at 20.00 (Brussels Time) or 2pm EST when Journal Editor Jane Turner introduces the winner Maarten Bassens and the other finalists. Maarten will then present highlights of his article. Registration can be found at https://bit.ly/36fnfPx (Image: Jan II Verbeeck, Grotesque figures. Liège, Galerie Wittert, inv.no. 2271). http://illuminare.be/2021/01/26/maarten-bassens-won-the-prestigious-2021-ricciardi-prize-for-best-article-by-a-young-scholar-by-master-drawings-new-york/
#lecturebellamaniera 🤓 Avis aux passionnés du dessin ancien : Master Drawings a publié en ligne son dernier volume 👉https://masterdrawings.org/issue/summer-2020 Bonne lecture à tous ! • Federico Zuccaro d'après Tintoretto, Paris, Musée du Louvre (dessin à découvrir dans l'intéressant article sur les frères Zuccaro de Marco Simone Bolzoni) 🤗
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Join the editorial board of Master Drawings to learn strategies for translating your research into an article during a series of presentations and interactive sessions. The seminar is open to 20 recent Ph.D. recipients and advanced graduate students in the history of art whose work focuses on drawings. The application deadline is March 2nd. Learn more: https://masterdrawings.org/writing-seminar/ - Submit electronically with the subject header “Writing Seminar” to: [email protected]. Participants will be notified by April 1, 2020. - Feel free to share this opportunity with any colleagues or students who may be interested! The seminar is made possible through the generous support of Baymeath Art Trust.
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#Upcoming This weekend you can visit several galleries in the Upper East Side of Manhattan and admire Dutch Old Master paintings during Master Drawings. More info on our blog: http://bit.ly/39XNhY0 Picture: Rembrandt. Abraham Francen, Apothecary, ca.1657. Courtesy of David Tunick, Inc.