Ever since discovering them through the Internet, I've loved drawings in metalpoint, i.e., in silver and gold. So it was great to discover that the National Gallery of Art has an online feature devoted to this genre!
Take a quick look at these drawings and prints from the wonderful collection of the Minneapolis Institute of Arts. If you scroll to the bottom of the page, you'll see that the selection just seems to go on and on.
The Convent of San Marco Museum in Florence, Italy, presented an exhibition a few years ago on Fra Angelico's illuminated manuscripts. Although the exhibition closed some time ago there is, Deo gratias, its online counterpart continues. (Note: the exhibition also looked at the work of Zanobi Strozzi and a few other artists, but they are not my focus here.)
Fra Angelico's illuminated initials and miniatures are found in the Choral books (Corali) section of the exhibition. Four works are attributed to him and his assistants:
This drawing shows God the Father with his right hand raised in blessing. The work is superbly done and has a mostly kindly atmosphere. It was executed, probably sometime during the 1500s, by Girolamo dai Libri.
While browsing there last night, I found myself looking at its drawings done largely in chalk. On page 2 I happened upon Seated Boy Holding a Cat, c. 1875, by François Bonvin, which I thought somehow quite affecting.
I'll be packing over the next couple of weeks. I'm just moving from one space to another within the upstate New York college town where I have lived for the most of the past twelve years. So, nothing very dramatic but it will still be a lot of work and not all that much fun.
The random work feature is a bit slow but has introduced me to some awesome works that I would otherwise never have come upon. Tip: after you've seen one work at random, hit the "Random Artwork" button on the right side of the page, and and another work will be delivered to you. You can keep doing that for as long as you want!
The artist feature is really fun. I might try exploring it a bit in a future post.
My personal favorite is the medium feature. I hope to delve into both drawings and prints over the next few days.
I've loved the drawings by Edward Petrovich Hau of the Hermitage and Winter Palace ever since I first discovered them more than ten years ago. It's been several years since I last looked at them but, having done so last night, I find that they still retain their charm.
Hau made this set of 111 watercolors of the Royal living quarters during the 1850s-1870s. They can be viewed at two different sites: