Date(s) - January 21, 2011 - June 10, 2011
10:00 am - 6:00 pm
January 21 – June 10, 2011
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 mythological and biblical subject matter to portraits and landscapes. 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 and Benjamin West, among many others.