Cover, Master Drawings Volume 59, No. 4 (Winter 2021)

Master Drawings, Winter 2021

Kick off your holiday season by celebrating the exciting findings in the newest issue of Master Drawings (Vol 59, Issue 4).  There is a little something for everyone!

The cover image of “Solomon and the Queen of Sheba” by Peter Flötner, is one of many drawings in the State Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg originating from the collection of Swiss artist Johann Caspar Füssli. Read art historian Catherine Phillip’s fascinating description of the drawings and find out more about how they made their way to their present home.  Sheets by such masters as Tobias Stimmer and Daniel Lindtmayer are thoughtfully discussed.  A separate article also examines works in the esteemed Hermitage: their vast holdings of Edme Bouchardon’s drawings.

Also in this issue are interesting revelations: a drawing by Hans Baldung is now attributed to Wolf Huber, and a sheet by Charles Le Brun is reassigned to Carlo Maratti’s hand. Other articles uncover previously unknown or unpublished drawings by artists Thomas Blanchet, Pedro Orrente, and Jacques Stella. A final essay looks at the work of Minimalist Robert Ryman and how the artist’s works directly challenge the definition of drawing.

We are reminded of the breadth of drawings research being done in David Ekserdjian’s review of a beautiful volume compiling numerous papers from a 2018 conference in Rome.  An exhibition at the Ashmolean Museum of exquisite Pre-Raphaelite drawings and watercolors is summarized in Donato Esposito’s detailed overview.

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