Institutional Partner Events Hosted by Master Drawings New York 2019

Registration for partnership events will open on December 12th, 2018

Dante Gabriel Rossetti
British, 1828–1882
Drawing for The Blue Bower, 1865
19 1/4 × 13 inches (48.9 × 33 cm)
Promised gift of Virginia M. Lindseth, Cornell Class of 1956, and Jon Lindseth, Cornell Class of 1956, to the collection of the Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art

Special Loan Exhibition from the Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, Cornell University


Drawings from the Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, Cornell University

January 25 – February 2

On view during Master Drawings New York exhibition hours

Carlton Hobbs, 60 East 93rd Street, Second Floor

               The figural drawing has long served as a tool for both students and seasoned artists for perfecting representation and experimenting with the human form. With the help of studio models, portrait sitters, and, sometimes, lovers, these representations use the inherently intimate medium of drawing to further the relationship between the artist and the subject’s body or visage. The result are studies that retain a visually arresting and intellectually stimulating power across centuries. Works from culturally and temporally disparate artists, including Abraham Bloemaert, Jean-Honoré Fragonard, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, and Pablo Picasso, show the enduring relevance of the figural study, though their use of the body ranges from a vehicle for biblical stories to a springboard for groundbreaking abstraction. 

In their academic context, these figural studies from the Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art at Cornell University serve as both objets d’art and as primary research documents. This installation celebrating the “studious” aspect of drawings will not only highlight the Johnson’s collection of drawings from the sixteenth through early twentieth centuries, but also elucidate some teaching contexts and conclusions stemming from their study.

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Curator Conversation at the Met:

Top to bottom:
Alfred William Hunt (1830–1896)
Snowdon, after an April Hailstorm (or Snowdon through Clearing Clouds), 1857
Watercolor, 13 3/8 × 19 11/16 in. (34 × 50 cm)
Harry G. Sperling Fund, 2016, Accession Number: 2016.597
Joseph Mallord William Turner, 1775–1851
The Channel Sketchbook, ca. 1845
Watercolor on medium, slightly textured, white wove paper
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection
Thomas Chippendale (1718–1779)
Commode Table and Candlestands
in Chippendale Drawings, Vol. I, 1761
Black ink, gray ink, gray and brown washes
8 x 14 in. (20.3 x 35.5 cm)
Rogers Fund, 1920, Accession Number: 20.40.1

Friday, January 25th, 10 am – 12pm

Sacerdote Lecture Hall, Metropolitan Museum of Art

British Drawings at the Met and New Haven: Hidden Treasures, Recent Acquisitions and Paul Mellon’s Turners

Speakers: Ian Warrell, Yale Center for British Art, Constance C. McPhee, Curator of British Drawings, Metropolitan Museum of Art; Femke Speelberg, Associate Curator of Drawings, Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Registration is required. Registration begins December 10th, 2018. Information on how to register will be listed closer to the registration date.  

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Third Edition of Master Drawings Week Symposium with Master Drawings Journal:

Tuesday, January 29th, 4-5:30pm

Albertine – Cultural Services of the French Embassy, 972 5th Avenue (at 79th St)

Master Drawings: The Next Generation

In a celebration of emerging scholars in the field, the inaugural Ricciardi Essay Prize will be presented for the best article by an author under 40 submitted to Master Drawings in 2018. The winner will share his or her prizewinning research. Afterwards, Edouard Kopp, the Maida and George Abrams Curator of Drawings at the Harvard University Art Museums, will discuss the strategies he employs to mentor the next generation of Old Master drawings specialists and to ensure that connoisseurship remains a vibrant practice at the museum.

This is a ticketed event and registration is required. Registration begins December 10th, 2018. Information on how to register will be listed closer to the registration date.  

This event is made possible in part through a generous contribution from the Tavolozza Foundation.

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Saturday 26 January to Saturday 2 February 2019

Preview day:

Friday 25 January, 4-8pm

11am - 6pm

Sunday 28 January
2pm - 6pm


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