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Prized antiquities: 16th-19th century drawings on exhibit at the University Art Museum

January 21, 2011

An exhibition of 16th-19th century drawings which offers extraordinary insights into the private worlds of the artists, will be on display at the University Art Museum, Jan. 21 - June 10. The drawings, not intended for public exhibition, served as preparatory sketches and studies.

Benedetto Luti's <em>The Death of St. Joseph;</em> bistre, sepia and gray wash drawing heightened with white.Variety of media, genres

Sure of Hand: Drawings from the Renaissance to the 19th Century explores the complexity of drawing as it was practiced in Europe from the 16th through the 19th centuries.

From exquisitely detailed finished works to quick sketches akin to a kind of visual brainstorming, artists chose to put drawing instruments to two-dimensional surfaces for a myriad of purposes.

This exhibition features drawings in a wide variety of media and illustrates artistic genres ranging from historical, mythological and biblical subject matter to portraits, landscapes and genre scenes of everyday life.

The exhibition opens Friday, Jan. 21 and closes Friday, June 10 at the University Art Museum in the University Center for the Arts, 1400 Remington Street.  Admission is free and the exhibition is open to the public.

The opening reception is Friday, Feb. 4, from 7-9 p.m.

Insights into private worlds

The majority of these works were not originally intended for public exhibition, but served instead as preparatory sketches and studies. Nevertheless they are prized today and give us extraordinary insights into the private working worlds of artists. This exhibit features examples of drawings by:

  • Sir Anthony Van Dyck
  • Agostino Carracci
  • Baron Antoine
  • Jean Gros
  • Arthur Rackham
  • Benjamin West, among others

Sponsored by the School of the Arts

Contact: Jennifer Clary
Phone: (970) 491-3603