Master Drawings, Summer 2024

Outstanding research by 2024 Ricciardi Prize winner Ian Hicks, and several other young scholars, is proudly presented in the newly released summer issue of Master Drawings (Vol. 62, no. 2). Hicks shares his ground-breaking reconsideration of a group of drawings by Giambattista Tiepolo (cover) in the Morgan Library & Museum’s collection, proposing new connections for the Würzburg Residenz and the Church of the Pietà, Venice, and consequently filling a missing late period in the evolution of the artist’s draftsmanship.

Tom Nevile, Ricciardi prize finalist, brings together a corpus of autograph sheets by seventeenth-century Flemish artist Robert van den Hoecke, providing the first comprehensive look at this little-studied master’s working method. Federico Barocci and his early pastels are discussed by Luca Baroni; the author contextualizes a beautiful group of connected drawings for the Martyrdom of St. Sebastian in Urbino Cathedral.

Additional highlights include Lily Mathelin’s article studying Antonio Palma’s series of 78 hastily made sketches in the Louvre, fascinatingly reassembling what was likely a drawing book, many folios of which were cut apart into multiple fragments. Axel Moulinier provides an in-depth look into six unpublished drawings by French draftsman Nicolas Lancret, all held in Dijon’s Musée des Beaux-Arts. The issue concludes with a review of the exhibition Drawn to Life: Master Drawings from the Age of Rembrandt in the Peck Collection at the Ackland Art Museum, shedding light on a spectacular array of Dutch works on paper and their new home in an American university museum.

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Image: Robert van den Hoecke, View of the Fortifications of a Burning City (detail), Vienna, Albertina