Selection from the department of drawings and engravings: Leonardo da Vinci

Exhibition January 29 − April 28, 2019
Metropolitan Museum presents an exhibition “Selection from the department of drawings and engravings: Leonardo da Vinci”.

The department of drawings and engravings of the museum has more than one million drawings, engravings and illustrated books made in Europe and America from about 1400 to the present day. Because of their quantity and sensitivity to light, works can be exhibited only for a limited period of time and are usually placed in storage facilities. To give visitors the opportunity to see at least part of the work on paper, the department organizes four rotations per year in the Robert Wood Johnson Jr. Gallery. Each exposition includes up to one hundred objects grouped by artist, technique, style, period, or theme.

With the approach of the 500th anniversary of the death of the great master of the Renaissance era, Leonardo da Vinci, four rare drawings by the artist became the basis of the new exposition. In addition to the works of da Vinci, among the exhibits are other works on paper by artists such as Rembrandt van Rijn and Wenceslaus Hollar, which makes it possible to more fully illustrate Leonardo’s enduring legacy. A magnificent series of woodcuts and drawings by Albrecht Dürer are also included in the exhibition.

Additionally, the exhibition features a sectional collection of materials related to the Harper brothers, including illustrations for Harper's Weekly by prominent American artist Winslow Homer and political cartoonist Thomas Nast, a large selection of works by leading American poster designer Edward Penfield, who worked almost exclusively at Harper & Brothers.

The exhibition also presents masterly prints of the first half of the twentieth century by American artist Peggy Bacon.

Based on the materials of the official site Metropolitan Museum.