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Mantegna to Matisse: Master Drawings

Oct 2, 2012 - Jan 27, 2013 - The Frick Collection - 1 East 70th Street, New York

In keeping with its tradition of exhibiting masterworks from collections outside of New York, the Frick will present 58 drawings from The Courtauld Gallery, London. This exhibition marks the first time that so many of the principal drawings in The Courtauld’s renowned collection — one of Britain’s most important — have been made available for loan. 
The prized sheets represent a survey of the extraordinary draftsmanship of Italian, Dutch, Flemish, German, Spanish, British, and French artists active between the late Middle Ages and the early twentieth century.
The survey features works executed in a range of drawing techniques and styles and for a variety of purposes, including preliminary sketches, practice studies, aide-mémoires, designs for other artworks, and finished pictures meant to be appreciated as independent works of art.
Among the artists in the Frick’s exhibition will be Andrea Mantegna, Leonardo da Vinci, Albrecht Dürer, Michelangelo Buonarroti, Peter Paul Rubens, Jusepe de Ribera, Rembrandt Harmensz van Rijn, Jean-Antoine Watteau, Charles-Joseph Natoire, Thomas Gainsborough, Francisco Goya y Lucientes, Joseph Mallord William Turner, Théodore Géricault, Edgar Degas, Paul Cézanne, Vincent van Gogh, Georges Seurat, Henri Matisse, and Pablo Picasso.
The Courtauld Institute of Art, devoted to the study of art history, was founded in 1932. Its collection was established that same year with Samuel Courtauld’s (1876–1947) magnificent gift of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist masterpieces, including many important works on paper. With additional bequests and gifts from various donors, an ensemble of outstanding works on paper from a wide range of time periods was formed. Today, the holdings consist of about 7,000 drawings and watercolors and 20,000 prints, reflecting the various benefactors’ tastes and preferences. Sir Robert Witt (1872–1952) bequeathed both his photographic archive (which served as one of the primary models for the Frick’s Art Reference Library) and approximately 3,000 Old Master drawings from his private collection. Within a larger gift, Count Antoine Seilern (1901–1978) left 350 exquisite drawings to the institution, another important addition.
The exhibition is organized by Colin B. Bailey, the Frick’s Deputy Director and Peter Jay Sharp Chief Curator, and Stephanie Buck, Martin Halusa Curator of Drawings at The Courtauld Gallery. The show, which is accompanied by a scholarly catalogue, opened at The Courtauld Gallery, running from June 14, 2012, through September 9, 2012. It will travel to New York this fall, opening in October.
Support for the presentation in New York is generously provided by Jean-Marie and Elizabeth Eveillard, The Christian Humann Foundation, The Peter Jay Sharp Foundation, the late Melvin R. Seiden in honor of Neil and Angelica Rudenstine, the Joseph F. McCrindle Foundation, Diane Allen Nixon, and an anonymous gift in honor of Colin B. Bailey and in memory of Melvin R. Seiden. The exhibition is also supported by an indemnity from the Federal Council on the Arts and the Humanities.
Andrea Mantegna, Self Portrait from Presentation at the Temple
Leonardo Da Vinci, Self-portrait
circa 1512
Biblioteca Reale, Torino
Portrait of Michelangelo Buonarroti, by Jacopino Del Conte
circa 1535
from Wikipedia