Drawings from Leonardo to Rembrandt opens at the National Portrait Gallery.
An exhibition of 48 portrait drawings by some of the most talented Renaissance and Baroque artists working in Europe during the 17,18 and 19th centuries, some of which have never been shown before, are on display at the National Portrait Gallery, just off Trafalgar Square.
Drawings unlike paintings have usually been made as the result of an encounter between an artist and a sitter at a specific moment of time or a study for a future painting, and the exhibition homes in on the relationship between the artist and the sitter. Artists of that period were fascinated by the expressive power of the human face and regularly drew their friends as well as those they met in daily life.
Some of the people depicted can be identified, but many of the faces are people that the artist may have passed in the street. The star of the show is Hans Holbein the Younger’s drawing of John Godsalve c. 1532-4, one of 15 drawings lent by Her Majesty The Queen from the Royal Collection Trust.
A film on a screen discreetly placed on a ledge at the side of one of the galleries shows how and with what equipment, such as silver point, chalk, pen and ink as well as the different types of paper that were used drew during that period.
The accompanying booklet has been designed to give visitors a more detailed description of each drawing encouraging them to admire what is in front of them rather than having to stand and read the sign.
One of the aims of the exhibition is to inspire visitors to take up drawing themselves.
Study of a Male Nude by Leonardo da Vinci c.1504-6
Encounter: Drawings from Leonardo to Rembrandt is on display until 22 October, 2017
Tickets with donation: £10.00 Concessions £8.50
National Portrait Gallery,
St Martin’s Place, London WC2H OHE
T. 020 7321 6600 www.npg.org.uk/encounter