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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

2007 Certificate of Excellence, Book Design and Manufacturing, Reference and Scholarly Publications, Bookbuilders West Book Show

Particularly useful to the general reader is an overview of the history of drawing. With comprehensive entries on each drawing, new scholarly research, and excellent illustrations, this book is recommended for academic libraries. —Sandra Rothenberg, Library Journal

A compelling survey of European draftsmanship from the late-Fifteenth to the mid-Nineteenth Century, featuring a substantial number of works that have never been seen by the public… . Master Drawings illuminates European draftsmanship at its best… . The catalog presents new scholarship, including the reattribution of works in the collection, and features over 100 large-scale color illustrations. —Antiques and the Arts Weekly

This beautiful and important book highlights the collection of European drawings at the Yale University Art Gallery. From intimate studies to exquisite finished compositions, this selection of works documents the history of European drawing practices beginning with late-medieval model books and progressing to the verge of the modern period. The accompanying text—written by a team of scholars—offers a unique introduction to various critical and technical aspects of the study of master drawings, brought to life through drawings from a range of national schools and in a variety of media. Among the drawings examined in this handsomely produced volume are an animated pen and ink sketch by Giulio Romano, a pastoral landscape by Claude Lorrain, a forceful and humorous caricature by Guercino, a scene from the epic poem Orlando Furioso by Jean-Honoré Fragonard, and a delicate portrait by Edgar Degas.

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294 pages / 9 x 12 inches / 114 color and 116 black-and-white illustrations / Copublished with Yale University Press / 2006
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-0-300-11433-1
    Price $65; Members $52
  • Paperback with flaps ISBN 978-0-89467-962-9
    Out of Print