ITALIAN MASTER DRAWINGS AT THE PMA PAPER
By Mimi Cazort
Essay by Ann Percy
The Philadelphia Museum of Art is fortunate to have a collection of Italian drawings that encompasses a broad sweep of Italy's art history, ranging from Renaissance and Baroque to Futurist and contemporary works by such famed artist as Parmigianino, Francesco Salviati, Guercino, Giovanni Benedetto Castiglione, Pompeo Batoni and Amedeo Modigliani. With this publication, eighty of these drawings are provided with insightful commentary, complete scholarly analysis and biographies of the artists by the renowned scholar Mimi Cazort. The volume opens with a lively illustrated essay by Ann Percy, the Museum's Curator of Drawings, who offers the first full account of the people and events that shaped the formation of this exceptional but little-published collection.
While individual gifts and purchases have been the source of key additions to the Italian drawings in the Museum's Department of Prints, Drawings and Photographs, much of the range and depth of this material is owed to the acquisition of two large collections. In 1978 the Museum received by bequest, from the estate of the eminent art historian Anthony Morris Clark, a group of outstanding drawings, principally from eighteenth-century Rome. A few years later, with the acquisition of nearly twenty-five hundred old master drawings, mostly Italian, from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in Philadelphia, the Museum substantially strengthened and expanded its collection of Italian drawings by artists from the sixteenth to the mid-nineteenth centuries and from other cities in Italy besides Rome, including Bologna, Florence, Genoa, Milan, Naples and Venice.
287 pages, 11 1/2" x 9 1/2"
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