Installation view of exhibition.
Past exhibition

Exhibition: Master Drawings from the Yale University Art Gallery

Master Drawings from the Yale University Art Gallery comprises approximately 85 master drawings from the Gallery’s collection, providing a survey of European draftsmanship from the late 15th to the mid-19th centuries. The drawings range from early studies in the late-medieval model-book tradition (an anonymous Venetian Lion, ca. 1480) up to the beginnings of modern art (Edgar Degas’s Portrait of Giulia Bellelli, ca. 1858–59). Drawings of all media, genres, and types—preparatory studies for paintings or prints, finished drawings, and casual sketches—are included, and a range of national schools, including French, German, Italian, Netherlandish, and Spanish, is represented. Intended to draw new attention to Yale’s rich but relatively little-studied collection of European drawings, the exhibition and catalogue provide the first comprehensive look at Yale’s collection of European drawings in over 30 years.

Giovanni Francesco Barbieri, called Guercino, Caricature of a Man Wearing a Large Hat, ca. 1630–40. Yale University Art Gallery, Gift of Edmund P. Pillsbury, B.A. 1965

Exhibition and publication organized by Suzanne Boorsch, the Robert L. Solley Curator of Prints, Drawings, and Photographs, and John Marciari, the Nina and Lee Griggs Associate Curator of Early European Art, both Yale University Art Gallery. Made possible by the Florence B. Selden Fund and the Samuel H. Kress Foundation, with additional support provided by Mr. and Mrs. Bruce B. Dayton, B.A. 1940, and Dr. and Mrs. Edmund P. Pillsbury, B.A. 1965.

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Master Drawings from the Yale University Art Gallery

Suzanne Boorsch and John Marciari

With contributions by Nicole Bensoussan, Alvin L. Clark, Jr., Susan Greenberg, Margaret E. Hadley, Elisabeth Hodermarsky, Rena Hoisington, Jan Leja, and Edgar Munhall