Old Master Drawings from the Collection: Traditional Drawing Practices in European Art


Old Master DrawingsFollower of Cesare da Sesto, Head of a Man, ca. 1520, pen and brown ink on tan paper. Anonymous gift, 1985.7.

This exhibition of sixteenth- and seventeenth-century Northern European and Italian drawings from the Block’s permanent collection highlighted traditional drawing practices, in contrast to the modern approaches found in Drawn Toward the Avant-Garde. Through works by such masters as Parmigianino, Luca Giordano, and Bartholomäus Spranger, the exhibition also considered various usages of drawing to conceive new pictorial ideas and as studies for prints and paintings.