By Jacob Bean
The accumulating of drawings used to be lengthy the province of artists themselves. The Florentine Vasari shaped one of many first extensive and systematic collections of drawings, and his instance used to be through Rembrandt, Rubens, Lely, Reynolds, and Lawrence. nice ecu museums—the Uffizi, the Louvre, the Berlin Museum, and the British Museum—have previous and critical collections of drawings. In the USA public curiosity in drawings is a reasonably contemporary improvement our public collections have brief histories. That of the Metropolitan Museum is likely one of the oldest within the state, and this is often as a result of the foresight of Cornelius Vanderbilt.
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100 European Drawings in The Metropolitan Museum of Art by Jacob Bean