Lady Lever Art Gallery Announces Old Master Drawings Exhibition

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LIVERPOOL.- A new exhibition explores why artists have drawn over the centuries – from copying other works to making life studies – and the role of sketching in the creation of artworks. Old Master Drawings: Guercino, Rubens, Tintoretto 22 October 2010 to 2 May 2011 features 29 drawings from the Old Master collections of the Lady Lever and Walker Art Galleries. Works by some of the great Italian Renaissance and Northern European artists between 1500 and 1800 are used to examine the reasons for producing drawings.
Some artists use drawing to loosen their wrists before starting painting or sculpting – rather like limbering up before taking part in sport. Others see drawings as a key part of the creative process, where ideas are expressed then retained or discarded. Others are simply doodling or amusing themselves and others.
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