Drawing from Michelangelo to now
Throughout history drawing has remained the ultimate thinking medium. From the Renaissance to the present artists have used drawing to generate ideas, develop concepts and solve problems. Structured around different types of thought process, this exhibition places historical and contemporary works side by side to examine the minds of some of the world's greatest artists in operation.
This figure is also set down in an extremely economical manner, showing the pace at which Rodin was working. Producing scores of drawings per day from a model who moved about in front of him, Rodin often drew without taking his eyes from the figure. Rather than direct studies for a sculpture, he considered them parallel investigations.
Rather than responding to a piece of text, Andrea del Sarto brainstorms ideas for representing an action. The pointing gesture of the naturalistic looking youth suggests that it is probably a study for John the Baptist, commonly portrayed with a pointing finger because he had identified and borne witness to Christ.
This exhibition is based on 'Lines of thought: Drawing from Michelangelo to Now' at Poole Museum 3 September – 6 November 2016, Hull University Art Gallery 3 January - 28 February 2017, Ulster Museum 10 March - 7 May 2017.
The UK tour and workshop programme was made possible through the generosity of the Bridget Riley Art Foundation.
More information about the exhibition can be found on the British Museum website.
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Artworks within copyright have been reproduced by kind permission of the artists.