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Master Drawings Master Drawings is the leading international periodical for the study of drawings from the fourteenth century to the present in Europe and the Americas.
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Published since 1963, Master Drawings is the leading international periodical for the study of drawings from the fourteenth century to the present in Europe and the Americas. Lavishly illustrated and edited to the highest academic standards, each 144-page issue presents the best and most important new research in the field in a clear, elegant, and accessible format.

Published since 1963, Master Drawings is the leading international periodical for the study of drawings from the fourteenth century to the present in Europe and the Americas. Lavishly illustrated and edited to the highest academic standards, each 144-page issue presents the best and most important new research in the field in a clear, elegant, and accessible format.

Learn about the Cooper Hewitt Museum’s Decloux Collection, eighteenth-century French architectural and interior design d...
01/19/2021

Learn about the Cooper Hewitt Museum’s Decloux Collection, eighteenth-century French architectural and interior design drawings, at a virtual event during 2021 Master Drawings New York. Dr. Julia Siemon, Assistant Curator of Drawings, Prints & Graphic Design, will explore the rich history of the collection and discuss key works by artists including Gilles-Marie Oppenord, Juste-Aurèle Meissonnier, and Jean-Charles Delafosse. The online presentation is on Monday, January 25th at 10am and registration is required.
(Image: Jean-Charles Delafosse View of Masquerade Ball, ca. 1770-80; Pen and black ink, brush and gray wash, watercolor, black chalk on white laid paper; Cooper Hewitt Museum, New York)

There’s still time to register for the Fifth Annual Master Drawings Journal Symposium. Join us Tuesday, January 26, at 2...
01/18/2021

There’s still time to register for the Fifth Annual Master Drawings Journal Symposium. Join us Tuesday, January 26, at 2pm when Journal Editor Jane Turner introduces the winner and finalists of the 2021 prestigious Ricciardi Prize for Best Article by a Young Scholar. The winning art historian will present highlights of his/her article. Registration can be found at https://drawingamerica.com/event/fifth-annual-master-drawings-journal-symposium/
(Image: Johann Schenau, “The Crowning of the Rosiere,” pen and brown ink and wash over graphite, on woven paper, The Morgan Library & Museum, New York)

Join Jennifer Tonkovich, of The Morgan Library & Museum, and associate editor of MASTER DRAWINGS, for an online discussi...
01/17/2021

Join Jennifer Tonkovich, of The Morgan Library & Museum, and associate editor of MASTER DRAWINGS, for an online discussion, "Talking Drawings: A Conversation With Collectors," during 2021 Master Drawings New York.

This year's conversation features couples who have built a collection together. Collectors will share insights into their decision making, goals, and strategies for collecting as a couple. The virtual event takes place Saturday, January 23rd at 1pm and registration is required. The event is organized in partnership with the Society for the History of Collecting, Americas Chapter. Register at https://drawingamerica.com/event/talking-drawings-a-conversation-with-collectors/ to participate.
(Image: Matthäus Kern, “A Study Interior at St. Polten,” brush and watercolor on white wove paper, Cooper Hewitt Museum, New York)

“Picasso. The Sketchbooks,” at the Picasso Museum in Barcelona, spotlights nineteen of the one hundred and seventy-five ...
01/15/2021

“Picasso. The Sketchbooks,” at the Picasso Museum in Barcelona, spotlights nineteen of the one hundred and seventy-five sketchbooks that Picasso filled with his drawings between 1894 and 1967. The exhibit brings to life Picasso’s famous statement, “Je suis le cahier” (I am the sketchbook). He used sketchbooks like a diary and kept them with him all his life. The exhibit uses other works by the artist, as well as works by artists who influenced Picasso, such as Velázquez, El Greco, Goya to contextualize the sketchbooks. The exhibition will be on view through April 4, 2021.
(Image: Pablo Picasso. 'Study for Old Fisherman'. Page of the sketchbook. MPB 110.913c. Málaga, June 1895, graphite pencil on paper, Museu Picasso, Barcelona)

Learn about new areas of collecting during an online symposium presented by  The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York du...
01/12/2021

Learn about new areas of collecting during an online symposium presented by The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York during 2021 Master Drawings New York. Carmen C. Bambach, Marica F. and Jan T. Vilcek Curator, Drawings and Prints, will discuss artists and disegno in Renaissance Italy. Freyda Spira, Associate Curator, Drawings and Prints, will showcase nineteenth century Denmark in the Met's drawing collection. Collecting Cubism, with a focus on Picasso, will be the area presented by Lauren Rosati, Assistant Curator, Modern and Contemporary Art. The virtual event takes place on Friday, January 22nd at 11am and registration is required to attend. Sign up here https://drawingamerica.com/event/curator-conversation-new-areas-of-collecting/
(Image: Christoffer Wilhelm Eckersberg, “The Harbour of Copenhagen from the Esplanade between Langelinie and Toldboden,” graphite, brush and gray ink, grey washes. Framing line in pen and black ink, Metropolitan Museum of Art)

“Renaissance Watercolors,” at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, spotlights the medium as a unified art form, highl...
01/10/2021

“Renaissance Watercolors,” at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, spotlights the medium as a unified art form, highlighting its versatility and key role in understanding, interpreting, and documenting the natural world. The exhibit features colored drawings, illuminated manuscripts and portrait miniatures. The exhibition will be on view until April 18, 2021. If you’re unable to visit, there’s a rich offering of exhibit information and visuals at https://www.vam.ac.uk/exhibitions/renaissance-watercolours
(Image: Jacques le Moyne de Morgues, “Daffodil and Red Admiral butterfly (verso),” watercolor, Victoria and Albert Museum, London)

Join us Tuesday, January 26, at 2pm for the Fifth Annual Master Drawings Journal Symposium. This virtual event, with the...
01/08/2021

Join us Tuesday, January 26, at 2pm for the Fifth Annual Master Drawings Journal Symposium. This virtual event, with the Journal's Editor, Jane Turner, will celebrate the winner and finalists of the 2021 prestigious Ricciardi Prize for Best Article by a Young Scholar.
Registration is required. Sign up at https://drawingamerica.com/event/fifth-annual-master-drawings-journal-symposium/
(Image: Claude Emile Schuffenecker “Portrait of a Man Writing,” colored chalk on cream modern laid paper, Harvard Art Museums)

“Henri Matisse: The Cut-Outs,” at  MoMA The Museum of Modern Art, New York, was the largest and most extensive presentat...
01/04/2021

“Henri Matisse: The Cut-Outs,” at MoMA The Museum of Modern Art, New York, was the largest and most extensive presentation of Matisse’s cut-outs ever mounted. The exhibition, from 2014-15, included approximately 100 cut-outs, along with a selection of related drawings, prints, illustrated books, stained glass. If you missed the exhibition, or would like to re-visit some favorite pieces, MoMA offers a complete walk-through of the exhibit, including opportunities to move in for closer views. Visit https://www.moma.org/calendar/exhibitions/1429? to take advantage of this online offering.
(Image: Henri Matisse, “The Parakeet and the Mermaid,” Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam)

Discover how a drawing for the title page of a sixteenth-century lawbook, once thought to be by a German artist, was act...
01/02/2021

Discover how a drawing for the title page of a sixteenth-century lawbook, once thought to be by a German artist, was actually created by Flemish artist Joos van Winghe four to five decades later. Read how scholar Joachim Jacoby carefully constructs his case and demonstrates why it was an almost identical design to another preparatory drawing by van Winghe. The article can be found in the current issue of MASTER DRAWINGS (Vol 58, Issue 4) available for free online at https://masterdrawings.org/current-2020
(Image: Here attributed to Joos Van Winghe, “Portrait of Tiberio Deciani: Design for the Title Page of Tiberio Deciani, Responsorum,” Statens Museum for Kunst, Copenhagen)

Note: Sadly, Joachim Jacoby passed away just as this incredible research was going to print.

HAPPY 2021!Ring in the New Year with the Winter Issue of MASTER DRAWINGS, available for free at https://masterdrawings.o...
01/01/2021

HAPPY 2021!

Ring in the New Year with the Winter Issue of MASTER DRAWINGS, available for free at https://masterdrawings.org/current-2020

Wishing all our readers and subscribers all the best in the coming year.

(Image: Paula Rego “Drawing for the ‘Dance’,” ink on paper, The Tate, London)

As 2020 comes to a close, please consider making a charitable donation to MASTER DRAWINGS, the leading international per...
12/28/2020

As 2020 comes to a close, please consider making a charitable donation to MASTER DRAWINGS, the leading international periodical for the study of drawings. The publication is uniquely made possible by the generosity of private individuals like YOU. Revenue from subscriptions and advertisements covers just half of our production costs. Donations—of any amount—are critical to sustaining our publication. We need your help to fulfill our educational mission!
Visit https://masterdrawings.org/support/ to donate
(Image: Max Liebermann, “Peasant in the Dunes,” Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts, Moscow)

Happy Holidays from MASTER DRAWINGS, with all good wishes for the New Year.(Image: Jean-Honoré Fragonard, “Making Fritte...
12/24/2020

Happy Holidays from MASTER DRAWINGS, with all good wishes for the New Year.
(Image: Jean-Honoré Fragonard, “Making Fritters (Les Beignets),” brush and brown ink over graphite, The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, CA)

“Anything but Simple: Shaker Gift Drawings and the Women Who Made Them,” at the New Britain Museum of American Art, feat...
12/22/2020

“Anything but Simple: Shaker Gift Drawings and the Women Who Made Them,” at the New Britain Museum of American Art, features rare Shaker “gift” or “spirit” drawings, all created between 1843–57. The exhibit, organized by Hancock Shaker Village in Pittsfield, MA, includes 25 of the 200 gift drawings still surviving in public. These drawings are unique to the Shakers and to American religious culture overall. The exhibit will be on view through January 10, 2021.
(Image: Polly Jane Reed, “A Type of Mother Hanna’s Pocket Handkerchief,” Ink and watercolor on paper, Collection of Hancock Shaker Village, Pittsfield, MA)

“Silent Revolutions: Italian Drawings from the Twentieth Century” at The Menil Collection in Houston, is the first large...
12/20/2020

“Silent Revolutions: Italian Drawings from the Twentieth Century” at The Menil Collection in Houston, is the first large-scale survey of twentieth-century Italian drawings ever mounted in the United States. The exhibition features some 70 drawings from the Collezione Ramo in Milan as well as several drawings from the Menil’s own collection. Included in the show are artists such as Umberto Boccioni, Alighiero Boetti, Giorgio de Chirico, Lucio Fontana, Jannis Kounellis, Maria Lai, and Carol Rama. The exhibit will be on view through April 11, 2021.
(Image: Umberto Boccioni, “Against the Light (Controluce),” graphite pencil and black ink on paper Sheet, Collezione Ramo, Milan)

Looking for a unique holiday gift for an art lover? Consider giving a subscription to MASTER DRAWINGS! Subscribe to the ...
12/18/2020

Looking for a unique holiday gift for an art lover? Consider giving a subscription to MASTER DRAWINGS! Subscribe to the 2021 printed volume of MASTER DRAWINGS and get FREE digital access to the entire volume. Subscribing is easy! Just go to https://masterdrawings.org/subscribe/
(Image: Johann Eleazar Schenau, “The Happy Family with Children Playing,” pen and black ink with brown and gray washes over graphite on two joined sheets of laid paper, National Gallery of Art, DC)

The MASTER DRAWINGS Winter issue (Volume 58) is now available for FREE online! The issue includes a fascinating conversa...
12/16/2020

The MASTER DRAWINGS Winter issue (Volume 58) is now available for FREE online!

The issue includes a fascinating conversation between Italian contemporary artist Giuseppe Penone and art historian Francesco Guzzetti. There are also brand new discoveries on the work of artists Joos van Winghe, Dirck van der Lisse, and Abraham van Diepenbeeck as well as an an illuminating review of two new books on Sol LeWitt’s artistic practice of using folded and torn drawings.

Cozy up with the Winter issue now! You can find it at https://masterdrawings.org/current-2020

(Cover image: Giuseppe Penone, “Untitled, 1970,” Philadelphia Museum of Art)

Read in the current issue of MASTER DRAWINGS why the drawings of a little-known seventeenth-century Italian artist deser...
12/15/2020

Read in the current issue of MASTER DRAWINGS why the drawings of a little-known seventeenth-century Italian artist deserved the focus of an exhibit at the Kunstpalast Museum in Düsseldorf. Dietmar Spengler reviews the catalogue from the museum’s 2018 exhibition of approximately 250 drawings by Giovan Battista Beinaschi. He notes that the detailed entries about the drawings demonstrate Beinaschi’s skill as a draftsman, clarify his working methods, and confirm his position in the art worlds of Rome and Naples. MASTER DRAWINGS is available for FREE online at https://masterdrawings.org/current-2020
(Image: Giovan Battista Beinaschi, “Virgin and Child (No. 3),” Kunstpalast, Kunstakademie, Düsseldorf)

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12/14/2020

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“The Eclectic Eye: A Tribute to Duane Wilder,” an online exhibition at our partner institution, The Princeton University...
12/12/2020

“The Eclectic Eye: A Tribute to Duane Wilder,” an online exhibition at our partner institution, The Princeton University Art Museum, pays tribute to art collector and Princeton graduate, Duane Wilder. He donated and lent his works to the museum which includes exceptional works on paper by Hendrick Goltzius, Claude Lorrain, and François Boucher. This exhibition was originally scheduled to take place in summer 2020 but is now available as a digital exhibition at https://artmuseum.princeton.edu/art/exhibitions/3651
(Image: François Boucher, “A youth half-kneeling, with both arms extended,” black chalk heightened with white, Princeton University Art Museum)

Read Isabelle Mayer-Michalon’s thoughtful catalogue review of the exhibition of Neoclassical drawings from the Musée Fab...
12/08/2020

Read Isabelle Mayer-Michalon’s thoughtful catalogue review of the exhibition of Neoclassical drawings from the Musée Fabre de Montpellier Méditerranée Métropole. The works that were on view in the spring of 2019 were all from the Musée Cognacq-Jay in Paris. The review can be found in the current issue of MASTER DRAWINGS available for FREE online at https://masterdrawings.org/current-2020
(Image: François Xavier Fabre, “Study of a Nude Male Holding a Stone Cube (No. 4),” Musée Fabre de Montpellier, France)

If you are a devotee of Italian Renaissance drawings, then you should read Furio Rinaldi’s review of the extremely notew...
12/02/2020

If you are a devotee of Italian Renaissance drawings, then you should read Furio Rinaldi’s review of the extremely noteworthy catalogue of these drawings in the The Morgan Library & Museum. The volume, by Rhoda Eitel-Porter and John Marciari, (with Jennifer Tonkovich, and contributions by Marco Simone Bolzoni and Giada Damen), is the result of two decades of research. Rinaldi notes that this rigorous catalogue demonstrates the enduring commitment of the Morgan Library & Museum to the scholarship and collecting of significant Italian Renaissance drawings produced by artists born before 1550. The review can be found in the current issue of MASTER DRAWINGS available for FREE online at https://masterdrawings.org/current-2020

(Image: Giovanni Agostino da Lodi, “Head of a Woman Wearing a Veil,“ red chalk, with red chalk wash (possibly added by a later hand) on paper, the Morgan Library & Museum, New York)

Now more than ever the arts--whether publications, museums, and schools--need yoursupport.  Will you help ensure the fut...
12/01/2020

Now more than ever the arts--whether publications, museums, and schools--need your
support. Will you help ensure the future of these organizations?
In your plans, we hope you consider contributing to MASTER DRAWINGS on this Giving Tuesday. We continue to make our journal accessible to all readers by publishing online and we remain dedicated to advancing the study of drawings with endeavors like the annual Ricciardi Prize. Please know that your gift is an investment in the community of drawing scholarship. Donate at https://masterdrawings.org/support/
(Image: Pietro da Cortona, “Earthquake in an Artist’s Studio,” pen and brown ink, with brush and gray wash, over charcoal on cream laid paper (recto); pen and brown ink and charcoal on cream laid paper (verso), Art Institute of Chicago)

On this Thanksgiving Day, MASTER DRAWINGS is grateful to our readers and subscribers for your support and interest. You ...
11/26/2020

On this Thanksgiving Day, MASTER DRAWINGS is grateful to our readers and subscribers for your support and interest. You inspire us to continue delivering significant drawings scholarship from the Renaissance to present day. Over the holiday weekend, catch up on articles you may have missed this year. They are available for FREE online at https://masterdrawings.org/current-2020
(Image: Peter Paul Rubens, “Seated Male Youth,” black chalk, with white chalk, on light gray paper, The Morgan Library & Museum, New York)

“100 Drawings from Now,” at The Drawing Center in New York, features art made since early 2020, by an international grou...
11/22/2020

“100 Drawings from Now,” at The Drawing Center in New York, features art made since early 2020, by an international group of artists. The exhibition provides a snapshot of artistic production during a period of profound global unrest. The works in the exhibition spotlight the urgency, intimacy, and universality of drawing during moments of upheaval and isolation. The exhibit will be open until January 17, 2021.

(Image: Rachel Harrison, “Singer and Three Ballerinas, Four,” 2020, Color pencil, watercolor, liquid acrylic, India ink, and wax crayon on pigmented inkjet paper, 14 x 17 inches (35.6 x 43.2 cm), Courtesy of the artist and Greene Naftali, New York, © Rachel Harrison, photograph by Elizabeth Bernstein)

Read a fascinating account, in the current issue of MASTER DRAWINGS (Vol 58, Issue 3), of how Andy Warhol and Danh Vo ha...
11/19/2020

Read a fascinating account, in the current issue of MASTER DRAWINGS (Vol 58, Issue 3), of how Andy Warhol and Danh Vo have capitalized on their parents’ handwriting in their own art practices. Author Jon Davies examines the role handwriting plays as a marker of identity, in general, and the specific part it played in the lives of Warhol’s mother, Julia Warhola, and Vo’s father, Phung Ho. MASTER DRAWINGS is available for FREE online at https://masterdrawings.org/current-2020

(Image: “Andy Warhol, Seven Illustrated Books 1952–1959,” Reuel Golden (Editor) and Benedikt Taschen (Editor), TASCHEN, 2017)

New insights about Jean-Antoine Watteau’s drawings for the print trade are revealed in the current issue of MASTER DRAWI...
11/15/2020

New insights about Jean-Antoine Watteau’s drawings for the print trade are revealed in the current issue of MASTER DRAWINGS (Vol 58, Issue 3). Author Martin Eidelberg discloses examples of Watteau’s designs for engraved frontispieces. These were used for the compendia of plays by seventeenth-century brothers, and playwrights, Pierre and Thomas Corneille. MASTER DRAWINGS is available for FREE online at https://masterdrawings.org/current-2020
(Image: Jean-Antoine Watteau, “Shop Interior,” The Louvre Museum, Paris)

MASTER DRAWINGS is hot off the printing press!This week subscribers once again began receiving Volume 58 by mail!  Cutti...
11/12/2020

MASTER DRAWINGS is hot off the printing press!

This week subscribers once again began receiving Volume 58 by mail! Cutting edge scholarship accompanied by illuminating images can soon be in the palm of your hand. We will also continue to offer MASTER DRAWINGS online. Renew your subscription to MASTER DRAWINGS for 2021 and get yearly, digital access for free! See masterdrawings.org/subscribe and complete the form today!

Read François Marandet’s elucidating article, in the current issue of MASTER DRAWINGS (Vol 58, Issue 3), about the under...
11/08/2020

Read François Marandet’s elucidating article, in the current issue of MASTER DRAWINGS (Vol 58, Issue 3), about the under-appreciated French history painter and portraitist, Jean-Baptiste Vanloo. Marandet examines the unique characteristics of Vanloo’s draftsmanship and distinguishes it from the work of other members of Vanloo’s family. The issue is now available for FREE online! Check it out at https://masterdrawings.org/current-2020
(Image: Jean-Baptiste Vanloo, “Study of a Helmeted Man, Walking to the Right,” Nationalmuseum, Stockholm)

The Morgan Library & Museum’s Drawing Institute is offering two nine-month research fellowships for research in the fiel...
11/06/2020

The Morgan Library & Museum’s Drawing Institute is offering two nine-month research fellowships for research in the field of drawing.

The “Samuel H. Kress Predoctoral Research Fellowship” is for an advanced-level graduate student who has completed all course work and exams, and is currently doing doctoral dissertation research with a significant component pertaining to the history, theory, collecting, function or interpretation of drawings. The second is a “Postdoctoral Research Fellowship” for a scholar in the first decade of their career following the completion of the Ph.D. or equivalent advanced degree. The Fellowship supports an independent research project, ideally working toward a clearly defined publication relating to some aspect of the history, theory, collecting, function or interpretation of drawings. The application deadline for both fellowships is November 30, 2020. Apply at https://www.themorgan.org/drawing-institute/call-for-applications
(Image: The Morgan Library & Museum)

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