In the library of Sir John Soane’s remarkable house at 13, Lincoln’s Inn Fields, several volumes of Italian architectural drawings of the 16th and 17th centuries have remained until today one of London’s hidden treasures. They have never been catalogued before in detail. More
224 pages, hardback, 260 x 216 mm, 100 illustrations
ISBN: 978 1 907372 02 5
Edited by Stephanie Buck, Curator of Drawings at The Courtauld Gallery, London
Michelangelo's masterpiece The Dream (or Il Sogno) has been described as one of the finest of all Italian Renaissance drawings and is amongst The Courtauld Gallery's greatest treasures. Executed in c. 1533, when Michelangelo Buonarroti (1475-1564) was at the height of his career, this magnificent work exemplifies Michelangelo's unrivalled skill as draughtsman and his extraordinary powers of invention. Accompanying an exhibition at the Courtauld, this catalogue examines this celebrated work in the context of an exceptional group of closely related drawings by Michelangelo, as well as some of his original letters and poems and works by his contemporaries.
The Dream is one of Michelangelo's 'presentation drawings', a magnificent and famous group of highly refined compositions which the artist gave to his closest friends. These beautiful and complex works transformed drawings into an independent art form and are amongst Michelangelo's very finest creations in any medium. The Dream was probably one of a superb group made for a young Roman nobleman with whom Michelangelo was in love, Tommaso de' Cavalieri, who was celebrated for his outstanding beauty, gracious manners and intellect. This group is studied in the book and includes The Punishment of Tityus, The Fall of Phaeton, A Bacchanal of Children and The Rape of Ganymede. In his Life of Michelangelo (1568) the biographer and artist Giorgio Vasari praised these exceptional works as "drawings the like of which have never been seen" - and they are still regarded as amongst the greatest single series of drawings ever made.
Accompanying an exhibition at The Courtauld Gallery, London, 18 February –16 May 2010.
"One of the greatest (yet smallest) shows you will ever see." Laura Cumming, The Observer
"An intriguing exhibition …. By far and away the most accomplished study of the subject yet." Brian Sewell, Evening Standard
"A curatorial and scholarly triumph ... the catalogue essays do full justice to the power of Michelangelo's intellect, as well as to hand and eye." Richard Dorment, The Telegraph
"A sensational exhibition in more ways than one …. It is the most intimate encounter with Michelangelo yet staged by a British gallery." Jonathan Jones, The Guardian
Focusing on the draughtsmanship of Italian sculptor Baccio Bandinelli as well as that of Michelangelo Buonarotti, Benvenuto Cellini, Maso Finiguerra, Giambologna, Antonio Pollaiuolo and Andrea del Verrocchio, this book is an examination of how and why certain sculptors drew, and the challenges they faced in representing a three-dimensional object. More
You could save £10 when you buy two of these books together. These beautifully illustrated catalogues accompany important exhibitions of Old-Master drawings: Michelanglo at the Courtauld Gallery, London; major artists of the German-speaking world at The National Gallery of Art, Washington; and such masters as Carpaccio, Dürer, Callot and Boucher at The Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento. More
This exquisite catalogue of sixty-five Italian drawings ranging in date from 1525 to 1835 celebrates the second part of a major acquisition made by the National Gallery of Art in late 2007, the purchase of one of the finest private European holdings of old master drawings, the Wolfgang Ratjen Collection. The drawings presented here and in the accompanying exhibition span the last flowering of the Renaissance to the rise of neoclassicism. More
Save £25 when you buy these four books together. These beautifully illustrated catalogues accompany important exhibitions of Old-Master drawings: Michelanglo at the Courtauld Gallery, London; major Italian artists at The National Gallery of Art, Washington; such masters as Carpaccio, Dürer, Callot and Boucher at The Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento; and significant French draughtsmen of the eighteenth century from the Rothschild Collection at Waddesdon Manor. More
Save £15 when you buy these three books together. These beautifully illustrated catalogues accompany important exhibitions of Old-Master drawings: Michelanglo at the Courtauld Gallery, London; major Italian artists at The National Gallery of Art, Washington; and such masters as Carpaccio, Dürer, Callot and Boucher at The Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento. More
Painting in 18th-century France was centred on the Royal Academy of Painting and Sculpture, where the drawing of the male human figure was at the core of the curriculum. Only after mastering the copying of drawings and engravings, and then casts of antique sculptures, would the student be allowed to progress to drawing the nude figure in the life class. Accompanying an exhibition at the Wallace Collection that is unprecedented in Britain, this beautiful publication includes drawings by Rigaud, Boucher, Nattier, Pierre, Carle van Loo, Gros and Jean-Baptiste Isabey. More
Published to accompany the first substantial exhibition on the tradition of Spanish drawings to take place at The Courtauld Gallery, London, this catalogue captures the excitement and importance of this rapidly developing field of study. More
Exploring aspects of Romantic landscape drawing in Britain and Germany from its origins in the 1760s to its final flowering in the 1840s, this exhibition catalogue considers 26 major drawings, watercolours and oil sketches from The Courtauld Gallery, London, and the Morgan Library and Museum, New York, by artists such as J.M.W. Turner, Samuel Palmer, Caspar David Friedrich and Karl Friedrich Lessing. More
OUT OF PRINT: This beautiful and scholarly catalogue accompanies the exhibition Mantegna to Matisse: Master Drawings from The Courtauld Gallery, organized by Colin B. Bailey, Deputy Director and Peter Jay Sharp Chief Curator of The Frick Collection, and Stephanie Buck, Martin Halusa Curator of Drawings at The Courtauld Gallery. The drawings represent a survey of the extraordinary of Italian, Dutch, Flemish, German, Spanish, British and French artists active between the late Middle Ages and the early twentieth century. More
This catalogue accompanied the first ever loan exhibition of drawings from Waddesdon Manor, the house that was built and furnished by Ferdinand de Rothschild (1839-1989) to show off his works of art and to entertain the fashionable world. More
In late 2007 the National Gallery of Art, Washington, acquired one of the finest private European holdings of Old Master drawings – the Wolfgang Ratjen Collection – including 120 German drawings. This unique survey of drawings includes work by many of the most important artists from the German-speaking areas of Europe, including Switzerland and Austria. More
This gripping story of one of the great graphic satirists and watercolour artists of the British School is based upon a mass of new research. Rowlandson kept no diary, wrote few letters, and occurs only infrequently in the memoirs of others. Source material is not abundant. More
This groundbreaking reconstruction of Goya’s so-called ‘Witches and Old Women’ album will offer rich insights into the artist’s concerns and preoccupations and will immeasurably deepen our understanding of the artist. With its themes of witchcraft, madness and nightmares, the predominant imagery of the album offers a particularly important perspective on the development of Goya’s interest in old age and its relationship to the fantastic and diabolical. More