A rare, brief chance to see a historic selection of great artists’ drawings over the last seven centuries, the first time that such a historically representative selection has been made from the 750 sheets given the Met by the great collector Robert Lehman, which are usually hidden away to save them from the light which will eventually damage them, but now are granted this exceptionally roomy basement rotunda gallery until mid January, allowing those who seek some of the finest examples of lively natural portraiture in the world to see some among these 59 examples for themselves, including self portraits of magical quality such as the young Dürer’s, when he was 23.
Master Drawings by Leonardo, Dürer, Rembrandt, Goya, Ingres, Seurat, and Matisse Featured in New Exhibition at The Met
The first presentation to highlight the full range of Robert Lehman’s vast and distinguished drawings collection—numbering more than 700 sheets—and to explore his significant activity as a 20th-century collector, this exhibition features 60 masterpieces of European drawing spanning the Renaissance to the Modern age. Leonardo to Matisse: Masterpieces from the Robert Lehman Collection also traces the development of European drawing across five centuries through works by Leonardo da Vinci, Dürer, Rembrandt, Goya, Ingres, Seurat, and Matisse, and presents a dynamic array of styles, techniques, and genres. The selection also illustrates the different facets of the artists’ creative processes—from Leonardo’s keen anatomical observation in his Study of a Bear Walking, to Dürer’s awakening artistic self-consciousness in his Self-Portrait study, to Rembrandt’s re-interpretation of Leonardo’s painted masterpiece, The Last Supper.
The Robert Lehman Collection is one of the most distinguished privately assembled art collections in the United States. His bequest to The Met, a collection of extraordinary quality and breadth acquired over the course of 60 years, spans 700 years of western European art, from the 14th to the 20th century. The 2,600 works in the collection include paintings, drawings, manuscript illumination, sculpture, glass, textiles, antique frames, maiolica, enamels, and precious jeweled objects.