Master Drawings from the Yale University Art Gallery

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This beautiful and important book highlights the collection of European drawings at the Yale University Art Gallery, one of America’s premier university museums. From intimate studies to exquisite finished compositions, this selection of works documents the history of European drawing practices beginning with late-medieval model books and progressing to the verge of the modern period. The accompanying text—written by a team of scholars—offers a unique introduction to various critical and technical aspects of the...
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Overview


This beautiful and important book highlights the collection of European drawings at the Yale University Art Gallery, one of America’s premier university museums. From intimate studies to exquisite finished compositions, this selection of works documents the history of European drawing practices beginning with late-medieval model books and progressing to the verge of the modern period. The accompanying text—written by a team of scholars—offers a unique introduction to various critical and technical aspects of the study of master drawings, brought to life through drawings from a range of national schools and in a variety of media.
Among the drawings examined in this handsomely produced volume are an animated pen and ink sketch by Giulio Romano, a pastoral landscape by Claude Lorrain, a forceful and humorous caricature by Guercino, a scene from the epic poem Orlando Furioso by Jean-Honoré Fragonard, and a delicate portrait by Edgar Degas.
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Library Journal
Published in association with the Yale University Art Gallery and written by two of its curators, Boorsch and Marciari, this updates Yale's 1970 old master drawings collection (preimpressionist). The catalog accompanies an exhibition showing in Florida, in Texas, and at Yale through June 2008. Its introductory essay discusses acquisitions to the drawings collection at Yale from various sources, such as gifts by various donors and purchases by curators. However, while presenting a representative sampling of this art form, the collection lacks drawings by such key figures as Da Vinci, Raphael, Michelangelo, and Rembrandt, although it is rich in 18th- and 19th-century French drawings by such artists as Jean-Honoré Fragonard, Jean-Antoine Watteau, and Edgar Degas. There is a discussion of examples of reattribution and new scholarly research concerning drawings in the Yale collection. Particularly useful to the general reader is an overview of the history of drawing. With comprehensive entries on each drawing, new scholarly research, and excellent illustrations (114 color, 116 b&w), this book is recommended for academic libraries.
—Sandra Rothenberg
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780300114331
  • Publisher: Yale University Press
  • Publication date: 11/1/2006
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 9.40 (w) x 12.30 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Meet the Author


Suzanne Boorsch is Curator of Prints, Drawings, and Photographs and John Marciari is Associate Curator of Early European Art, both at the Yale University Art Gallery.
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