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Drawing is a timeless art form that has captivated humans for centuries

Background imageDrawing Collection: Fresco Three Minoan Women Knossos

Fresco Three Minoan Women Knossos
Minoan Fresco of the Ladies in Blue depicts the women in the open blouse that was typical in the later Minoan Culture. The fresco fragments were discovered during the excavation of a Minoan site in

Background imageDrawing Collection: Stone-age cave paintings, Chauvet, France

Stone-age cave paintings, Chauvet, France
Stone-age cave paintings. Artwork depicting various animals painted on the wall of a cave. These paintings are found in the Chauvet Cave, France

Background imageDrawing Collection: Praying hands, art by Durer

Praying hands, art by Durer
Durers Praying Hands. Sketch by the German artist Albrecht Durer (1471-1528) of praying hands (1508). Durer did much to introduce the Renaissance style of art to northern Europe

Background imageDrawing Collection: Stripe Portrait

Stripe Portrait
Little Dean

Background imageDrawing Collection: Thomas Jeffersons plan in his own hand, of the front elevation of the Rotunda of the University of

Thomas Jeffersons plan in his own hand, of the front elevation of the Rotunda of the University of Virginia, 1821
UNIVERSITY OF VIRGINIA. Thomas Jeffersons plan in his own hand, of the front elevation of the Rotunda of the University of Virginia, 1821

Background imageDrawing Collection: Stone-age cave paintings, Chauvet, France

Stone-age cave paintings, Chauvet, France
Stone-age cave paintings. Artwork of horses painted on the wall of a cave. These paintings are found in the Chauvet Cave, France, the site of the earliest known cave paintings (as of 2011)

Background imageDrawing Collection: Cross-section of Filippo Brunelleschis design for the dome of Santa Maria del Fiore Cathedral in

Cross-section of Filippo Brunelleschis design for the dome of Santa Maria del Fiore Cathedral in Florence, Italy
FLORENCE: BRUNELLESCHI. Cross-section of Filippo Brunelleschis design for the dome of Santa Maria del Fiore Cathedral in Florence, Italy. Contemporary drawing by Lodovico Cardi da Cigoli

Background imageDrawing Collection: Skull anatomy by Leonardo da Vinci

Skull anatomy by Leonardo da Vinci. Historical artwork and notes on the anatomy of the human skull and teeth, by the Italian artist and scientist Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)

Background imageDrawing Collection: Anthony Higgins in Peter Greenaways The Draughtsmans Contract (1982)

Anthony Higgins in Peter Greenaways The Draughtsmans Contract (1982)

Background imageDrawing Collection: Design drawing for the King Class locomotive, 1927

Design drawing for the King Class locomotive, 1927

Background imageDrawing Collection: BURNE-JONES: ADAM & EVE. When Adam delved and Eve span

BURNE-JONES: ADAM & EVE. When Adam delved and Eve span. Pen-and-ink drawing by Edward Burne-Jones for William Morriss A Dream of John Ball, 1888

Background imageDrawing Collection: Stone-age cave paintings, Chauvet, France

Stone-age cave paintings, Chauvet, France
Stone-age cave paintings. Artwork depicting various animals painted on the wall of a cave. These paintings are found in the Chauvet Cave, France

Background imageDrawing Collection: Cuban paintings, Havana, Cuba, West Indies, Central America

Cuban paintings, Havana, Cuba, West Indies, Central America

Background imageDrawing Collection: Leonardo da Vinci

Leonardo da Vinci drawing, mary and Jesus & John baptist as child, Italy

Background imageDrawing Collection: Painting of turtle at the aboriginal rock art site at Obirr Rock in Kakadu National Park where

Painting of turtle at the aboriginal rock art site at Obirr Rock in Kakadu National Park where the paintings date from 20000 years old to modern, UNESCO World Heritage Site, Northern Territory

Background imageDrawing Collection: Red kite, historical artwork

Red kite, historical artwork
Red kite. Historical artwork of a red kite (Milvus milvus) perched on a branch. This bird of prey inhabits woodland near open country across most of Europe, apart from the northern parts

Background imageDrawing Collection: Da Vincis crossbow

Da Vincis crossbow. Late 19th Century reproduction of a page from a notebook written by Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519), showing his design for a giant crossbow. Published circa 1894-1904

Background imageDrawing Collection: 19th Century French engraving

19th Century French engraving
16th Century French engraving. Historical coloured print of a mythical giant squid (Kraken) attacking a ship, from Histoire naturelle generale et particuliere des mollusques

Background imageDrawing Collection: Young hare, by Durer

Young hare, by Durer
Durers Young Hare. Sketch by the German artist Albrecht Durer (1471-1528) of a young hare (1502). Durer did much to introduce the Renaissance style of art to northern Europe

Background imageDrawing Collection: JAPAN: ASTRONOMY, 1936. Women watching stars. Color drawing, 1936, by Ota Chou

JAPAN: ASTRONOMY, 1936. Women watching stars. Color drawing, 1936, by Ota Chou

Background imageDrawing Collection: Doric, Ionic, and Corinthian columns

Doric, Ionic, and Corinthian columns
Classical styles of columns - Doric, Ionic, and Corinthian architecture. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th-century illustration

Background imageDrawing Collection: Came House xa00271

Came House xa00271
Came House, Winterborne Came, Dorset. The house dates from 1754. Watercolour painting of the NW Elevation by A T Phillips, 1949. From the RCHME Inventory Notes for Winterborne Came

Background imageDrawing Collection: Early 12th Century Frescoes in Bet Maryam, St. Marys Church, Lalibela

Early 12th Century Frescoes in Bet Maryam, St. Marys Church, Lalibela, Ethiopia, Africa

Background imageDrawing Collection: Cuban paintings, Havana, Cuba, West Indies, Central America

Cuban paintings, Havana, Cuba, West Indies, Central America

Background imageDrawing Collection: Heart

Heart. Historical anatomical artwork of the human heart, seen from the front. Coronary blood vessels are seen on the surface of the heart

Background imageDrawing Collection: Stone-age cave paintings, Chauvet, France

Stone-age cave paintings, Chauvet, France
Stone-age cave paintings. Artwork depicting various animals painted on the wall of a cave. These paintings are found in the Chauvet Cave, France

Background imageDrawing Collection: Stone-age cave paintings, Chauvet, France

Stone-age cave paintings, Chauvet, France
Stone-age cave paintings. Artwork of fighting rhinoceroses painted on the wall of a cave. These paintings are found in the Chauvet Cave, France

Background imageDrawing Collection: LASCAUX: RUNNING DEER. Running deer from the Cave of Lascaux, Montignac, France

LASCAUX: RUNNING DEER. Running deer from the Cave of Lascaux, Montignac, France

Background imageDrawing Collection: Stained glass windows, St. Vitus Cathedral, Prague, Czech Republic, Europe

Stained glass windows, St. Vitus Cathedral, Prague, Czech Republic, Europe

Background imageDrawing Collection: PARIS: NOTRE DAME, 1848. The western facade of Notre Dame cathedral in Paris, France

PARIS: NOTRE DAME, 1848. The western facade of Notre Dame cathedral in Paris, France. Wash drawing by Eugène Viollet-le-Duc, who led the restoration of the cathedral, which began in 1845

Background imageDrawing Collection: Cutaway view of an American warship

Cutaway view of an American warship
Hull of an American man-of-war cut open amidships, showing deck plans and quarters, 1850s. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th century illustration

Background imageDrawing Collection: Antique Japanese Woodblock, woman serving tea

Antique Japanese Woodblock, woman serving tea
This Japanese art print is a portrait of the tea house waitress Naniwaya Okita in a beautiful kimono serving a cup of tea, 1790. The print bears the artists signature

Background imageDrawing Collection: Antique map of Hadrians wall

Antique map of Hadrians wall

Background imageDrawing Collection: RUSSIA: REVOLUTION OF 1905. Father Gapon leading unarmed factory workers against

RUSSIA: REVOLUTION OF 1905. Father Gapon leading unarmed factory workers against Cossacks at the Narva Gate, St. Petersburg, 22 January 1905. Contemporary drawing

Background imageDrawing Collection: J. M. W. TURNER (1775-1851). Joseph Mallord William Turner. English painter. Pencil drawing

J. M. W. TURNER (1775-1851). Joseph Mallord William Turner. English painter. Pencil drawing
J.M.W. TURNER (1775-1851). Joseph Mallord William Turner. English painter. Pencil drawing, 1844, by Charles Martin

Background imageDrawing Collection: Human skeleton

Human skeleton. Historical artwork of a human skeleton holding an hourglass. The 206 bones of the skeleton provide protection and support to the body

Background imageDrawing Collection: THE OWL AND THE PUSSYCAT. Drawing by Edward Lear from his book Nonsense Songs, Stories

THE OWL AND THE PUSSYCAT. Drawing by Edward Lear from his book Nonsense Songs, Stories, Botany and Alphabets, first published in 1871

Background imageDrawing Collection: Cuban paintings, Havana, Cuba, West Indies, Central America

Cuban paintings, Havana, Cuba, West Indies, Central America

Background imageDrawing Collection: A Garland For May Day 1895 Dedicated To The Workers By Walter Crane 1845 1915 English Artist

A Garland For May Day 1895 Dedicated To The Workers By Walter Crane 1845 1915 English Artist

Background imageDrawing Collection: SHERLOCK HOLMES Sherlock with Dr. John Watson in a corner of a first-class carriage

SHERLOCK HOLMES Sherlock with Dr. John Watson in a corner of a first-class carriage from Paddington Station. Drawing by Sidney Paget for Arthur Conan Doyles The Adventure of Silver Blaze, 1892

Background imageDrawing Collection: Pen and ink studies, c1510, by Leonardo da Vinci of a human fetus

Pen and ink studies, c1510, by Leonardo da Vinci of a human fetus
LEONARDO: HUMAN FETUS. Pen and ink studies, c1510, by Leonardo da Vinci of a human fetus

Background imageDrawing Collection: WILLIAM BUTLER YEATS (1865-1939). Irish poet and playwright. Pencil and wash, c1910

WILLIAM BUTLER YEATS (1865-1939). Irish poet and playwright. Pencil and wash, c1910, by Augustus John

Background imageDrawing Collection: JAMES JOYCE (1882-1941). Irish writer. Caricature of Leopold Bloom, drawn in Myron C

JAMES JOYCE (1882-1941). Irish writer. Caricature of Leopold Bloom, drawn in Myron C. Nuttings studio in the 1920s. The Greek line is the beginning of the Odyssey, Tell me, Muse

Background imageDrawing Collection: Puffing Devil locomotive, artwork

Puffing Devil locomotive, artwork
Puffing Devil locomotive. Diagrams and text explaining Richard Trevithicks (1771-1833) Puffing Devil steam locomotive. This full-size locomotive, which was built in 1801

Background imageDrawing Collection: CAVE ART: PECH MERLE. Prehistoric human handprint from Pech Merle cave, France

CAVE ART: PECH MERLE. Prehistoric human handprint from Pech Merle cave, France

Background imageDrawing Collection: RUSSELL: STAGE ROBBER. A stage robber pointing a shotgun. The vignette in the right corner shows

RUSSELL: STAGE ROBBER. A stage robber pointing a shotgun. The vignette in the right corner shows the robber with a treasure box and a dead messenger as the stagecoach drives off

Background imageDrawing Collection: Namarrgon, the Lightning Man, one of the supernatural ancestors depicted at the aboriginal rock

Namarrgon, the Lightning Man, one of the supernatural ancestors depicted at the aboriginal rock art site at Nourlangie Rock, Kakadu National Park, UNESCO World Heritage Site, Northern Territory

Background imageDrawing Collection: Berlin, Germany Map

Berlin, Germany Map
Engraved illustrations of a Map of the City of Berlin, Germany from Iconographic Encyclopedia of Science, Literature and Art, Published in 1851. Copyright has expired on this artwork



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Drawing is a timeless art form that has captivated humans for centuries. From the intricate frescoes depicting Three Minoan Women in Knossos to the mesmerizing Stone-age cave paintings found in Chauvet, France, it has been a means of expression since ancient times. It transcends cultures and eras, as seen in Albrecht Durer's masterpiece Praying Hands and Leonardo da Vinci's detailed exploration of skull anatomy. Even architectural wonders have been brought to life through drawings, such as Filippo Brunelleschi's cross-section design for the dome of Santa Maria del Fiore Cathedral in Florence. Lodovico Cardi da Cigoli's contemporary interpretation further showcases the power to convey complex structures. But it doesn't stop there; drawings also play a vital role in engineering and industrial design. The meticulously crafted design drawing for the King Class locomotive from 1927 exemplifies how they are essential tools for bringing innovative ideas to life. Beyond human subjects, artists have used their skills to immortalize animals too. Suntop English Setters come alive on paper with every stroke, capturing their grace and beauty effortlessly. Artists throughout history have drawn inspiration from biblical tales like Adam & Eve depicted by BURNE-JONES or even Cuban landscapes found on canvases in Havana. Drawing allows us to explore diverse themes and narratives across time and space. Lastly, we cannot overlook the significance of rock art sites like Obirr Rock in Kakadu National Park where aboriginal paintings date back thousands of years. These ancient drawings provide glimpses into our ancestors' lives while reminding us of our connection with nature. In all its forms - be it historical masterpieces or modern creations - drawing continues to enchant us with its ability to capture emotions, tell stories, and preserve moments forevermore.