Raphael to Renoir: Drawings from the Collection of Jean Bonna

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This handsome catalogue features approximately 120 drawings dating from the late 15th to the early 20th century and comprises excellent examples of European draftsmanship over the past 500 years. Featured works include an exquisite study by Raphael, Domenichino’s masterfully composed Study for Saint Andrew Being Led to Martyrdom, views of Venice by Canaletto, landscapes by Claude Lorrain, beautiful studies by Jean-Antoine Watteau, pastel portraits by Jean-Siméon Chardin, lovely red chalk studies by ...

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Overview

This handsome catalogue features approximately 120 drawings dating from the late 15th to the early 20th century and comprises excellent examples of European draftsmanship over the past 500 years. Featured works include an exquisite study by Raphael, Domenichino’s masterfully composed Study for Saint Andrew Being Led to Martyrdom, views of Venice by Canaletto, landscapes by Claude Lorrain, beautiful studies by Jean-Antoine Watteau, pastel portraits by Jean-Siméon Chardin, lovely red chalk studies by Jean-Baptiste Greuze, and varied subjects by Théodore Gericault. Drawings by Parmigianino, Rembrandt, Goya, Ingres, Delacroix, Degas, Van Gogh, Cézanne, and Redon are additional highlights of this collection.

The book includes an interview by George Goldner with Jean Bonna, the collector of this exceptional group of works, and an entry for each drawing.

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Editorial Reviews

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"This distinguished Swiss collection ranges from the Renaissance to 1900 and represents a diversity of artistic schools in Italy, France, Great Britain, and northern Europe."—Antiques
Library Journal

As wide ranging as the title implies, the collection of Jean Bonna contains some of the best European drawings in the world and includes works from many centuries, geographical locations, styles, and techniques. The idealized landscapes of Claude, the religious themes of Jordaens, Degas's dancers, and Ligozzi's nature studies, all are part of this amazing group of works now on exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and traveling to the National Gallery of Scotland later this year. The conversation between Bonna and George Goldner (Prints & Drawings, MoMA) reveals much about the passion for collecting and the eye of the connoisseur. The entries are excellent, often including comparative works for study; the reproductions are elegant, and the bibliography is extensive. This is a fine example of a catalog that both documents the items on display and creates a resource for future study, and, as such, it belongs in every art library, large academic and public collection, and any institution that has a drawings collection. Highly recommended.
—Paula Frosch

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780300142075
  • Publisher: Metropolitan Museum of Art
  • Publication date: 2/24/2009
  • Pages: 324
  • Product dimensions: 10.10 (w) x 12.30 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Nathalie Strasser is Curator of Drawings and Prints, the Collection of Jean Bonna.

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