Submission Guidelines

Submissions to Master Drawings can be sent via the form found here or by email to

Please be sure to include a 100 word abstract outlining the scope of your article with your submission. Articles should be submitted in Microsoft Word format and adhere to the Master Drawings style guidelines noted below. An illustrated caption list should be provided as a pdf or a PowerPoint file. If you are also sending images separately, please ensure that they are formatted as .jpg or .tiff files of sufficient resolution and are clearly labeled with your surname and the figure number.

Those applying to the annual Ricciardi prize should include a current C.V. or resume as well as birth date. The Ricciardi prize of $5,000 is for scholars under age 40. When submitting your materials, please indicate clearly your intention to be considered for the Ricciardi prize. More information on the Ricciardi prize can be found here.

The journal welcomes articles of varied lengths, from brief notes (500 to 1000 words, with one to three illustrations) to complete catalogues raisonnés (with up to one hundred illustrations). The average length is between 2,500 and 3,750 words, with five to twenty illustrations. Reviews should be about 1,750 words, with one to three illustrations. Letters to the Editor should be no longer than one page. Exceptions are made, in all instances, at the discretion of the editors.

Although authors are welcome to submit their article in a foreign language, it will be translated into English for publication. For foreign quotations in English texts, provide a translation in parentheses or in an endnote.

Manuscripts are assessed by a team of readers, including members of the Editorial Board, the Editorial Advisory Board, and/or other scholars. Since most readers have other professional commitments, this process can take from six to twelve months, and authors are asked to be patient. Articles are typically published within a year of acceptance.

Once an article has been accepted for publication, the author will be asked to submit original illustrative material, if not already provided at the time of submission. Illustrations should be supplied as high-resolution (300 dpi or greater) jpg or tiff files; png or pdf files are not acceptable formats for images. Please send large digital files using a file transfer system such as WeTransfer or Dropbox. Authors are responsible for obtaining images and reproduction permissions from their copyright holders as well as any costs associated with this process.

Once the editing is completed, the author will receive a pdf of the text in page layout format with illustrations and captions in place. The review and corrections process between author and Editor typically takes place by email over a two- to four-week period before the journal goes to press and there are typically two to three rounds of corrections. Each article is proofread by the members of the Editorial Board, and their corrections will be taken into consideration and collated together with any corrections received from the author. Authors will have a chance for one last-minute review once all the suggestions of the Editorial Board have been incorporated. Please note that rewriting of texts will not be allowed after the first review, and only egregious errors can be accommodated in late stages.

Each author will receive one copy of the journal, a final pdf, and a modest honorarium.

All submissions must adhere to the Master Drawings Style Guidelines in order to be considered for publication.


Master Drawings follows the Chicago Manual of Style in most matters of style. In addition, please follow these guidelines when writing your article or review.

• Leave one space, not two, between the period at the end of a sentence and the next sentence.
• Please provide dates for all artists and collectors mentioned in the text, checklist(s), or footnotes.
• For the spelling of artists names, institutional names, and so forth, see the Master Drawings cumulative Index (available online), the RKD, and ULAN (the source used for life dates unless proved incorrect).
• For the styling of checklists or appendices, please refer to those published for Thomas Gainsborough in vol. 46, no. 4 (Winter 2008); Girolamo Genga in vol. 52, no. 1 (Spring 2014); or Pieter Coecke van Aelst in vol. 52, no. 3 (Autumn 2014).
• Please include a one-sentence biographical statement at the end of your text with your professional affiliation or academic focus.
• Italicize rather than underline book titles, titles of drawings, foreign words, and so forth.
• Embed endnotes rather than submitting them as a separate document.


Citing Works of Art

In general, for works of art illustrated or discussed in the text, cite the artist’s name, the title of the work, and the collection in the main text. The endnote should include inventory number (if in a public collection), media, dimensions, and a published reference or reproduction (stating whether it is in color) and a weblink if available. Note the difference in endnote format for non-drawing works of art (where the medium and dimensions are in parens). For example:

Sentence in Text:
…The fourth new drawing by Willem van Herp in the Louvre, Paris, Christ’s Entry into Jerusalem (Fig. 21),41 can also be linked to several paintings by the artist, including one in the National Gallery, London.42

41.  Inv. no. 21787. Oil, with pen and brown ink, on brown paper; 227 x 298 mm;  see Frits Lugt, Muse du Louvre. Inventaire géneral des dessins des écoles du nord: École flamande, 2 vols., Paris, 1949, vol. 2, no. 1561 (as anonymous seventeenth-century Flemish), repr. (in color); and

42.  Inv. no. NG203 (oil on copper; 80 x 114.3 cm); see

The support of a drawing should be mentioned only if it is NOT white or off-white paper (e.g., tracing paper, blue paper, pink prepared paper, vellum, and so forth). Inscriptions, watermarks, and provenance details may be noted if relevant to the discussion. In general, the condition of the sheet and other conservation details should not be included.

If a work of art is published online, please always include a link in the relevant endnote. Give priority to links to websites of the institutional owners:

Inv. no. III, 38. Red chalk; 391 x 511 mm; see

Include a full list of captions for illustrations, showing the following information:

Figure 21 (Figure number)
Here attributed to WILLEM VAN HERP (Artist’s name/attribution )
Christ’s Entry into Jerusalem (Title)
Paris, Musée du Louvre, Département des Arts Graphiques (Location/source)


For reviews, provide full publication details and price after the heading, for example:

Thomas Ketelsen and Oliver Hahn, eds., Die Sammlung der niederländischen Zeichnungen in Weimar: Ein Handbuch; with Georg Dietz, Charles Dumas, Uwe Golle, Christien Melzer, Hermann Mildenberger, Christoph Orth, Christian Tico Seifert, and Carsten Wintermann. Dresden: Sandstein Verlag, 2022. ISBN: 978-3-95498-715-3. 312 pp., 351 illus. (mostly in color). €58

Exhibition Catalogue:
River of Forms: Giuseppe Penone’s Drawings, exhibition catalogue by Carlos Basualdo. Philadelphia, New Haven, and London: Philadelphia Museum of Art in association with Yale University Press, 2022. ISBN: 978-0-87633-298-6. 224 pp.,192 illus. (175 in color). $50


Citing Sources

Bibliographical sources should be cited in full in endnotes on the first occurrence:

Elizabeth Johns, American Genre Painting: The Politics of Everyday Life, New Haven, 1991.

Exhibition Catalogue:
William W. Robinson, with an essay by Martin Royalton-Kisch, Bruegel to Rembrandt: Dutch and Flemish Drawings from the Maida and George Abrams Collection, exh. cat., Cambridge, MA, Fogg Art Museum, and elsewhere, 2002, no. 24, repr. (in color).

Journal Article:
Eric Shanes, “Turner and the Creation of his First-rate in a Few Hours: A Kind of Frenzy,”Apollo, 153, no. 1589, 2001, pp. 13-15 (esp. p. 14).

For subsequent citations, use the author-date/place-date style. Examples:

Johns 1991.
Cambridge, MA, and elsewhere 2002, p. 72, fig. 1.
Shanes 2001, p. 14.

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