100 European Drawings in The Metropolitan Museum of Art by Jacob Bean

By Jacob Bean

The amassing of drawings used to be lengthy the province of artists themselves. The Florentine Vasari shaped one of many first large and systematic collections of drawings, and his instance was once by means of Rembrandt, Rubens, Lely, Reynolds, and Lawrence. nice ecu museums—the Uffizi, the Louvre, the Berlin Museum, and the British Museum—have outdated and critical collections of drawings. In the US public curiosity in drawings is a reasonably contemporary improvement our public collections have brief histories. That of the Metropolitan Museum is among the oldest within the state, and this can be as a result of foresight of Cornelius Vanderbilt.

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Most capable artist is he who can apply his art to most purpose, and get full value out of craftsmanship so his materials. As a matter of fact, the wall-paper designer has to content himself, then, except in very few instances, with a repeat of at most 21 inches square. Within those free he ; but, as I limits he is comparatively have already shown, do what his repeated pattern zvill fall into geometric lines, if only those of the parallelogram on which it is built. pattern, such as will, A The Anatomy of Pattern.

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