Master Drawings from the Yale University Art Gallery Suzanne Boorsch, John J. Marciari

Publication date:
28 Nov 2006
Yale University Press
304 pages: 305 x 229mm
116 b-w + 114 color illus.
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This beautiful and important book highlights the collection of European drawings at the Yale University Art Gallery, one of America’s premier university museums. 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.

Suzanne Boorsch is Curator of Prints, Drawings, and Photographs and John Marciari is Associate Curator of Early European Art, both at the Yale University Art Gallery.

"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."?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. . . . Tha catalog presents new scholarship, including the reattribution of works in the collection, and features over 100 large-scale color illustrations."?Antiques & the Arts Weekly  

Recipient of the Certificate of Excellence in the Book Design Manufacturing, Reference, and Scholarly Category at the Bookbuilders West Book Show.