Drawings

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Exhibitions

After controversial cancellation in Cleveland, Mass MoCA will exhibit Shaun Leonardo’s images of Black victims

Drawings exploring systemic violence and injustice will also travel to Bronx Museum of the Arts

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Acquisitions

Giuseppe Penone presents two big gifts of drawings to Philadelphia Museum of Art and Centre Pompidou

Arte Povera sculptor hopes that his donations of hundreds of works on paper will start a dialogue

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Book Shorts

This facsimile of a late 16th-century Italian manuscript on how to fence is a masterpiece of draughtsmanship

Camillo Palladini was a master swordsman whose work has been lost for centuries until this publication

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Book Shorts

The full-colour beauty of the recently restored Catherine de’ Medici tapestries is revealed in this catalogue

Vibrant illustrations are accompanied by essays that discuss the history, making and purpose of the tapestries

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Exhibitions

Old Masters, new tricks: Chatsworth House drawings are off to Sheffield

Almost 60 works by artists including Rembrandt, Annibale Carracci and Sebastiano del Piombo will go on show at the Millennium Gallery

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Frieze Los Angeles 2020

Paul McCarthy's Hammer Museum retrospective reveals lines of continuity

Los Angeles exhibition reveals how drawings have shaped the multi-media artist’s work over 56 years

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Exhibitions

Celebrating a French artist who captured a young America

New-York Historical Society profiles the intrepid Baroness Hyde de Neuville

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Exhibitions

A New York salute to Rube Goldberg and his outlandish contraptions

Queens Museum celebrates a cartoonist who seems more relevant than ever

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Exhibitions

Albertina’s Albrecht Dürer drawings enjoy a rare outing

Exhibition will bring together Vienna museum’s collection with key loans from European institutions, as well as unveiling a raft of new theories

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Book Shorts

This book of essays explores the varieties and definitions of Islamic art

The authors ask “What is Islamic about ‘Islamic’ art?”

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Politics

Drawing with the ashes of Isis-ravaged buildings: Piers Secunda on the art of destruction

Artist’s works on iconoclasm in Mosul are currently on show at the Imperial War Museum in London

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Metropolitan Museum of Art

Star exhibit at the Met: the Christopher Dresser album the V&A could not afford

Modern designs at the Met

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Exhibitions

This carefully selected exhibition of the Paper Museum of Cassiano dal Pozzo is small and perfectly formed

The MA curatorial show at the Barber Institute, Birmingham, challenges many of our assumptions

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Book Shorts

A book of wallpaper art for students

The botanical illustrations of Alexander von Humboldt in poster form

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Art market

Back to the drawing board: new London fair pushes works on paper

Draw Art Fair at Saatchi Gallery caters to fans of the quieter medium with a range of budgets

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Leonardo da Vinci

Portrait sketch of Leonardo da Vinci discovered in Britain’s Royal Collection

The drawing, believed to be one of only two contemporary images of the artist, will go on show for the first time at the Queen’s Gallery in London

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Exhibitions

Emma Kunz and the art of healing: drawings used in rituals come to London

Serpentine Gallery presents the first major UK exhibition of the mystical Swiss artist’s work

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Rembrandt special: the complete artist

As shows marking the 350th anniversary of the Old Master's death open, we look at his masterpieces at the Rijksmuseum, Dulwich Picture Gallery and the British Museum. Produced in association with Bonhams, auctioneers since 1793.

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The Buck stopped here

A gloomy Brittania and a tribute to gay Russian clubbing—political commentary abounds at Drawing Room biennial

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Renaissance

Restored Raphael cartoon gets new display at Milan’s Biblioteca Ambrosiana

The full-scale preparatory drawing for the Vatican’s School of Athens fresco is going back on view after a four-year restoration

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Leonardo da Vinci

Twelve Leonardo shows to open simultaneously in the UK to mark 500th anniversary of artist’s death

Drawings from the Royal Collection go on show around the country this week before larger surveys in London and Edinburgh later in the year

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Leonardo da Vinci

Leonardo da Vinci's thumbprint discovered on drawing in Royal Collection

The mark is “the most convincing candidate for an authentic Leonardo fingerprint” among the Queen’s 550 works by the great artist

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Art fairs

New London fair in crowded art calendar looks at drawing in the digital age

Exhibitors at Draw Art Fair London in May will juxtapose drawings with related paintings and sculptures

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Albrecht Dürer

Dürer used his famous Praying Hands drawing to advertise his talent

Chief curator of Vienna’s Albertina argues that the work, which shows the artist's own hands, was a finished work rather than preparatory drawing

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Exhibitions

Big on Bruegel: Vienna museum assembles largest show on the artist

A literally once-in-a-lifetime exhibition at Kunsthistorisches Museum

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Three to see

Three shows to see in New York this weekend

Head downtown for Sarah Lucas, a deep-dive into LES galleries and Toyin Ojih Odutola's beguiling portraits

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Exhibitions

Recognising Victor Hugo as an avant-garde artist

Drawings in a show opening at the Hammer testify to his feverish spiritual side

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In the frame

Humour in the age of Trump—and far before it—explored at Washington, DC's National Gallery

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Artists

Jasper Johns show and catalogue raisonné open Menil Collection’s new Drawing Institute

The 88-year-old artist, who gets the institute’s inaugural show, was deeply involved in the drawings catalogue project

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Books

A Käthe Kollwitz renaissance is under way (and about time, too)

A pair of publications shed new light on profoundly socially committed artist

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Frieze New York

On the road, from Iraq to Germany

The Iraqi-Kurdish artist Hiwa K on migration and contemporary politics

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Art market

Drawings week hits Paris

The 27th edition of Salon du Dessin at Palais Brongniart assembles 39 dealers from Europe and the US

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Art market

Private View: our pick of March gallery shows

New shows at commercial galleries, from emerging names to rediscovered talents

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Conservation & Preservation

Pastels: the 18th century’s answer to Photoshop

Getty show explores the versatility of the medium

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Art market

New discoveries add value to Old Master drawings

From Pontormo to Klimt, dealers invest in research in the hope of boosting prices

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Art market

Spotlight on… Master Drawings New York

Exhibitions to seek out at Manhattan's annual gallery trail, which now embraces paintings and sculptures

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Vincent Van Gogh

New Vincent van Gogh drawing discovered

Unearthing of Montmartre sketch leads to authentication of second work

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Exhibitions

Life drawing from George III to Iggy Pop

Royal Academy of Arts exhibition explores the history of drawing the human figure and how artists depict it today

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Education

New lease of life for life drawing classes?

Age-old practice is being ‘gradually reinvigorated', but new frontier is seemingly in 3D reprographic skills

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Exhibitions

Morgan Library explores how the Grand Siècle in Rome inspired the drawings of Poussin and Claude

The exhibition brings together more than 50 works created by French artists living abroad

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Books

Antonio II Badile: An Italian Renaissance drawing collector and his family

Casting light on an overlooked but fascinating aspect of the Renaissance

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Books

The V&A’s complete catalogue of Early Netherlandish, Dutch and Flemish drawings from the 15th century to 1900

A true Benelux bonanza

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Collectors

Collector Leon Black hires Met’s head of drawings to help buy more Old Masters

George Goldner will leave the Met in January but continue to serve as an advisor

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Amedeo Modigliani

Modigliani drawings show at Harris Lindsay

16 works originally given to Paul Alexandre help kick off London Art Week

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Books

Books: Lambert Krahe as a collector for instruction, rather than pleasure

A biography of a perceptive 18th century collector

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Francis Bacon

Bacon estate says lover’s brother sold fakes

New details emerge in British courts about disputed drawings that first emerged in Italy

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Old Masters

Old Master sketches still draw new buyers

The experimental character and technical virtuosity of Old Master sketches are inspiring interest from new sectors of the art world.

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Leonardo da Vinci

Uffizi-Tokyo Da Vinci deal

The Uffizi in Florence and the Tokyo Fuji Art Museum will share Leonardo’s Tavola Doria

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Authentication

Not a Bacon, expert tells court: The debate around Bacon's drawings continues

The chairman of the artist’s catalogue raisonné committee dismisses controversial drawings as “pastiches” in UK bankruptcy hearing

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Centre Pompidou

Pompidou welcomes Daniel and Florence Guerlain’s deferred gift of 1000 contemporary drawings

The Guerlains are mindful of the fate of an ancestor’s impressionist works, having no wish for their collection to be divvied up in the same manner

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Francis Bacon

Courtauld's Bacon debate on disputed drawings axed

Cristiano Lovatelli Ravarino's collection of drawings has been a hot topic in the art world

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Francis Bacon

The Courtauld Institute and the Francis Bacon Estate discuss disputed Bacon drawings

A Courtauld conference will investigate works on paper said to be by the artist. Owner’s side to offer legal immunity

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Art dealers

Legal battle between dealers over Leonardo drawing draws to a close

The settlement has not yet been revealed

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Leonardo da Vinci

Scholars divided over Leonardo attribution

Simon C. Dickinson Ltd is now the owner of Madonna and Child with St Anne and a Lamb, having reimbursed Nasser Kazeminy for the $7m he paid. If authentic, the gallery stands to make a profit, but if not then its value as an anonymous drawing is modest. So where did the drawing come from—and is it the real thing?

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Leonardo da Vinci

Leonardo case exposes back-room deals

A court ruling over commission on the sale of a drawing has revealed a complex web of payments

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Leonardo da Vinci

Fra Angelico to Leonardo: Italian Renaissance Drawings on display at the British Museum

A highly distinguished and expertly organised exhibition

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Leonardo da Vinci

Queen to send Leonardos on UK tour

Celebrating Prince Charles' 60th with 10 of the master's best works

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Lucian Freud

Freud's new drawings leave Bacon unzipped

Freud drawings revealed at Frieze

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Vienna

Albertina to reopen its collection to scholars—finally

The institution has installed an impressive high-tech robotic system to store and retrieve its holdings of prints and drawings

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Drawings

Drawing in the age of the pickled shark: BBC's new programme on drawing from the Renaissance to today

Surgeons and contemporary artists are still inspired by the draughtsmanship of Leonardo and Turner

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Museums

MoMA appoints new chief curator of drawings

Cornelia H. Butler, previously at the LA Museum of Contemporary Art, scores the role

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Art market

Fritz the Cat comic drawings hot on the art market, but highly rare

Robert Crumb, the creator, is now a cult figure in the contemporary art market

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Art fairs

From Italian Old Masters to Belgian Symbolists, Salon du Dessin is broad in range but intimate in atmosphere

The new location is drawing collectors into the Paris stock exchange

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Leonardo da Vinci

Leonardo da Vinci's drawings and manuscripts at the Louvre

Many items on display have not been exhibited since 1952

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Exhibitions

The Drawing centre opens 'The stage of drawing: gesture and act' with help from Tate

An unmissable eclectic exhibition

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Art fairs

Salon du Dessin is what a fair should be

A host of related events make this a “must” for drawings collectors

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Leonardo da Vinci

Leonardo da Vinci on the divine and the grotesque at the Queen's Gallery

Holyroodhouse, Edinburgh, plays host to highlights from the Royal Collection

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Leonardo da Vinci

Leonardo da Vinci the master draughtsman at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

A new exhibition takes a closer look at Leonardo's work on paper

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Toba Khedoori

Toba Khedoori's paper plains on show at David Zwirner

The artist's sprawling works will be on view until 16 November

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Restitution

British Museum Old Master drawings subject to restitution claim

Four drawings are being claimed by the heir of a Nazism victim

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Leonardo da Vinci

Drawings by Leonardo da Vinci from the Royal Collection go on Golden Jubilee tour

The Queen's collection begin their celebratory journey in Graves Art Gallery Sheffield

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Leonardo da Vinci

Now you see it, now you don’t: restorers wash Leonardo drawing away

Catastrophe strikes as restorers use routine conservation method

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Art fairs

Paris Museums support drawings fair Salon de Dessin for the first time

Special viewings arranged for expected international collectors

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Tate

One-way transfer of 19th-century works from Tate to British Museum planned

All 19th-century European drawings and watercolours in the Tate’s collection will be loaned to the BM, with the possibility of transferring ownership entirely

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Exhibitions

“Overcoming all obstacles: Women of the Académie Julian”

Exhibition shows at Dixon Gallery, Memphis, 9 July-24 September

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Académie Julian

The first museum show devoted to the Académie Julian

This provided women artists with vital instruction in life-drawing

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Francis Bacon

Correction: Barry Joule Bacon drawings under consideration for Irish Museum of Art

The drawings will be displayed as “attributed to F. Bacon”

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Leonardo da Vinci

Leonardo reunited in Cambridge

The Fitzwilliam acquires the missing half of its 'A rider on a rearing horse'

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What's on

What's on in London: Glass extravagance at Mallett's and Richard Green’s cabinet of Dutch delights

Also on show are Ewan Uglow’s precise drawings at Browse and Darby and the diverse talents of Underwood at the Redfern Gallery

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Joseph Beuys

Dia Center shows Beuys taking notes on Leonardo

Beuys drawings based on the Renaissance master’s famous Codices Madrid show revolutionary artist experimenting with the ideas of another

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Francis Bacon

Bacon's rare drawings to go on show at the Tate

The Tate unveils its previously unknown Bacon drawings to the world while two US museums present new views of the blockbuster British artist

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Books

Books: Carlo James explores the history of art conservation

A critical look at old and new conservation and preservation techniques

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Francis Bacon

Bacon vs Bacon: Debate over the authenticity of Cristiano Ravarino's drawings goes to court

The case is particularly difficult given the scarcity of drawings by the artist

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Art dealers

Colnaghi and Bellinger in New York: Two fine displays of Old Master drawings

A field with keen collectors and plenty of sleepers at the auctions to challenge the dealers

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Exhibitions

The Gerstenberg Goyas resurface at The Hermitage

Drawings believed lost go on display in “Masterpieces of Western European Drawing"

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Art market

Is New York taking over from London for Old Master drawings?

Christie's cancel a London sale and European dealers are flocking to the US to buy and sell

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Joseph Beuys

Guggenheim Museum-Hummel deal on hold as Milan courts consider besmirched Beuys works

Row over dubious drawings comes to US

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Amedeo Modigliani

Modigliani drawings in Venice's Palazzo Grassi

Newly discovered drawings now on show

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Joseph Beuys

Fake Beuys drawings scandal in officially sponsored exhibition at Accademia di Brera

Thirty-eight works impounded while court searches for a reliable expert

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Books

Dealers, collectors and Christie’s to fund Chatsworth book

New book will cover the 1,000 Italian drawings in the Chatsworth collection

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Victoria & Albert Museum

Vanbrugh at the V&A

Newly bought architectural albums on show

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Amedeo Modigliani

430 unknown drawings by Modigliani brought to light as the son of the artist's best friend releases a new book

The works were collected day by day, from 1907 to 1914, by Paul Alexandre during the artist’s stay in Paris

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Old Masters

Trends in Old Master drawings over the last twelve years analysed by Professor Victor Ginsburgh and Nicholas Schwed of Brussels University, who apply a new methodology

Of course every work of art is unique—but enter the technique of “hedonic regression”

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Leonardo da Vinci

National Galleries of Scotland buy a Leonardo and Picasso on a purchase grant of just £1.65 million p.a.

They are also improving their Surrealism holdings

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Interviews

Interview with Jacques Derrida: The Philosopher sees (or doesn’t see)

Discussing “Memories of a blind man – the self-portrait and other ruins” and his choice of drawings for the exhibition in the Hall Napoleon of the Louvre, from 26 October until 21 January 1991