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Preparatory Drawing Collection

"Exploring the Artistic Process: The Significance of Preparatory Drawings" Preparatory drawings serve as a window into an artist's creative journey

Background imagePreparatory Drawing Collection: Study for The Blessed Damozel, c. 1876 (graphite on paper)

Study for The Blessed Damozel, c. 1876 (graphite on paper)
XJF417334 Study for The Blessed Damozel, c.1876 (graphite on paper) by Rossetti, Dante Gabriel Charles (1828-82); Private Collection; (add.info)

Background imagePreparatory Drawing Collection: Study of Santa Rosalia of Palermo, 1659-64 (black chalk with smudging on ivory laid paper)

Study of Santa Rosalia of Palermo, 1659-64 (black chalk with smudging on ivory laid paper)
5862014 Study of Santa Rosalia of Palermo, 1659-64 (black chalk with smudging on ivory laid paper) by Ferri, Ciro (1634-89); 20.4x18.5 cm; The Art Institute of Chicago, IL

Background imagePreparatory Drawing Collection: The Cowherdess, Eragny, 1886 (crayon)

The Cowherdess, Eragny, 1886 (crayon)
XOS5885343 The Cowherdess, Eragny, 1886 (crayon) by Pissarro, Camille (1830-1903); 43.6x29.1 cm; Cleveland Museum of Art, OH

Background imagePreparatory Drawing Collection: Study of a Plaster Cast (a la bosse), 1806 (black chalk with graphite )

Study of a Plaster Cast (a la bosse), 1806 (black chalk with graphite )
XOS5884187 Study of a Plaster Cast (a la bosse), 1806 (black chalk with graphite ) by Millet, Frederic (1786-1859); 46.3x38.2 cm; Cleveland Museum of Art, OH

Background imagePreparatory Drawing Collection: Portrait of a Woman, 1758-62 ( black, white & red chalk, on blue paper)

Portrait of a Woman, 1758-62 ( black, white & red chalk, on blue paper)
8677946 Portrait of a Woman, 1758-62 ( black, white & red chalk, on blue paper) by Liotard, Jean-Etienne (1702-89); J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, USA; (add.info.: Drawing by Jean Etienne Liotard)

Background imagePreparatory Drawing Collection: Lobster and Two Witches, c.1602 (pen & w/c on paper)

Lobster and Two Witches, c.1602 (pen & w/c on paper)
7443777 Lobster and Two Witches, c.1602 (pen & w/c on paper) by Gheyn, Jacques II de (1565-1629); Stadel Museum, Frankfurt am Main, Germany; (add.info.: By Jacques de Gheyn II)

Background imagePreparatory Drawing Collection: Saint Jerome in a Landscape (pen & ink on paper)

Saint Jerome in a Landscape (pen & ink on paper)
3598792 Saint Jerome in a Landscape (pen & ink on paper) by Titian (Tiziano Vecellio) (c.1488-1576); (add.info.: by Titian Uffizi, G.D.S., Firenze, Toscana)

Background imagePreparatory Drawing Collection: Apostle (charcoal on paper)

Apostle (charcoal on paper)
3598783 Apostle (charcoal on paper) by Titian (Tiziano Vecellio) (c.1488-1576); (add.info.: by Titian Uffizi, G.D.S., Firenze, Toscana)

Background imagePreparatory Drawing Collection: Study for Fountain (pen & ink on paper)

Study for Fountain (pen & ink on paper)
3598765 Study for Fountain (pen & ink on paper) by Titian (Tiziano Vecellio) (c.1488-1576); (add.info.: by Titian Uffizi, G.D.S., Firenze, Toscana)

Background imagePreparatory Drawing Collection: Cloud study by Luke Howard, c 1808-1811

Cloud study by Luke Howard, c 1808-1811
UIG5092156 Cloud study by Luke Howard, c 1808-1811 by Howard, Luke (1772-1864); Science Museum, London, UK; (add.info.: Cloud study by Luke Howard, c 1808-1811)

Background imagePreparatory Drawing Collection: A Bear Eating a Rabbit (pen & ink on paper)

A Bear Eating a Rabbit (pen & ink on paper)
3598791 A Bear Eating a Rabbit (pen & ink on paper) by Titian (Tiziano Vecellio) (c.1488-1576); (add.info.: by Titian Uffizi, G.D.S., Firenze, Toscana)

Background imagePreparatory Drawing Collection: Saint Sebastian (pen & ink with wash on paper)

Saint Sebastian (pen & ink with wash on paper)
3598786 Saint Sebastian (pen & ink with wash on paper) by Titian (Tiziano Vecellio) (c.1488-1576); (add.info.: San Sebastiano (1714F) Uffizi, G.D.S., Firenze

Background imagePreparatory Drawing Collection: Battle (pen & ink on paper)

Battle (pen & ink on paper)
3598775 Battle (pen & ink on paper) by Titian (Tiziano Vecellio) (c.1488-1576); (add.info.: Battaglia (1720F) Uffizi, G.D.S., Firenze, Toscana

Background imagePreparatory Drawing Collection: Angel of the Annunciation (chalk on paper)

Angel of the Annunciation (chalk on paper)
3598750 Angel of the Annunciation (chalk on paper) by Titian (Tiziano Vecellio) (c.1488-1576); (add.info.: Angelo della annunciazione (12903 F) Uffizi, G.D.S.

Background imagePreparatory Drawing Collection: Water Lane, Stratford St.Mary, 1831 (watercolour on paper)

Water Lane, Stratford St.Mary, 1831 (watercolour on paper)
7528536 Water Lane, Stratford St.Mary, 1831 (watercolour on paper) by Constable, John (1776-1837); 23x18 cm; Gallery Oldham

Background imagePreparatory Drawing Collection: Ixias, 1904 (pencil, watercolour, paper)

Ixias, 1904 (pencil, watercolour, paper)
7443874 Ixias, 1904 (pencil, watercolour, paper) by Mackintosh, Charles Rennie (1868-1928); Glasgow Museums, UK; (add.info.: PR.1969.12.b DRAWINGS drawing; watercolour IXIAS Mackintosh)

Background imagePreparatory Drawing Collection: Sketch drawing of a group of women, Ramose's tomb

Sketch drawing of a group of women, Ramose's tomb
8586902 Sketch drawing of a group of women, Ramose's tomb by Egyptian; Necropolis, Luxor, Thebes, Egypt; (add.info.: Egypt TT55)

Background imagePreparatory Drawing Collection: Cloud study by Luke Howard, c 1808-1811

Cloud study by Luke Howard, c 1808-1811
UIG5066999 Cloud study by Luke Howard, c 1808-1811 by Howard, Luke (1772-1864); Science Museum, London, UK; (add.info.: Cloud study by Luke Howard, c 1808-1811)

Background imagePreparatory Drawing Collection: Landscape roughed in show cumulaic heap similar to tops of trees, 1803-1811

Landscape roughed in show cumulaic heap similar to tops of trees, 1803-1811
UIG5102127 Landscape roughed in show cumulaic heap similar to tops of trees, 1803-1811 by Howard, Luke (1772-1864); (add.info.: Landscape roughed in show cumulaic heap similar to tops of trees)

Background imagePreparatory Drawing Collection: Study for a the Portrait of the Duke of Urbino (pen & ink on paper)

Study for a the Portrait of the Duke of Urbino (pen & ink on paper)
3598795 Study for a the Portrait of the Duke of Urbino (pen & ink on paper) by Titian (Tiziano Vecellio) (c.1488-1576); (add.info.: by Titian Uffizi, G.D.S.)

Background imagePreparatory Drawing Collection: Landscape with trees on the left and a city in the background (pen & ink on paper)

Landscape with trees on the left and a city in the background (pen & ink on paper)
3598760 Landscape with trees on the left and a city in the background (pen & ink on paper) by Titian (Tiziano Vecellio) (c.1488-1576); (add.info.: by Titian Uffizi, G.D.S.)

Background imagePreparatory Drawing Collection: View of a Mountainous Coast (ink on paper)

View of a Mountainous Coast (ink on paper)
3598745 View of a Mountainous Coast (ink on paper) by Titian (Tiziano Vecellio) (c.1488-1576); Photo © Raffaello Bencini

Background imagePreparatory Drawing Collection: Aggregate cumulus in different stages, 1803-1811

Aggregate cumulus in different stages, 1803-1811
UIG5102122 Aggregate cumulus in different stages, 1803-1811 by Howard, Luke (1772-1864); (add.info.: Aggregate cumulus in different stages, 1803-1811)

Background imagePreparatory Drawing Collection: Light cirro-cumulus beneath cirrus, 1803-1811

Light cirro-cumulus beneath cirrus, 1803-1811
UIG5102121 Light cirro-cumulus beneath cirrus, 1803-1811 by Howard, Luke (1772-1864); Science Museum, London, UK; (add.info.: Light cirro-cumulus beneath cirrus, 1803-1811)

Background imagePreparatory Drawing Collection: Dark cirrostratus, 1803-1811

Dark cirrostratus, 1803-1811
UIG5102119 Dark cirrostratus, 1803-1811 by Howard, Luke (1772-1864); (add.info.: Dark cirrostratus, 1803-1811. Blue wash cloud study by Luke Howard FRS)

Background imagePreparatory Drawing Collection: Light cumulus and stratus above a sea inlet, 1803-1811

Light cumulus and stratus above a sea inlet, 1803-1811
UIG5102116 Light cumulus and stratus above a sea inlet, 1803-1811 by Howard, Luke (1772-1864); (add.info.: Light cumulus and stratus above a sea inlet, 1803-1811)

Background imagePreparatory Drawing Collection: Rural landscape and cloud study by Luke Howard, c 1808-1811

Rural landscape and cloud study by Luke Howard, c 1808-1811
UIG5062548 Rural landscape and cloud study by Luke Howard, c 1808-1811 by Howard, Luke (1772-1864); Science Museum, London, UK; (add.info.: Rural landscape and cloud study by Luke Howard)

Background imagePreparatory Drawing Collection: Sketch drawing of a group of men, Ramose's tomb

Sketch drawing of a group of men, Ramose's tomb
8586889 Sketch drawing of a group of men, Ramose's tomb by Egyptian; Necropolis, Luxor, Thebes, Egypt; (add.info.: Egypt TT55, Ramose's Thebarian Tomb Sketch drawing of a group of men)

Background imagePreparatory Drawing Collection: Cock Point, near Folkestone, 1833 (watercolour on paper)

Cock Point, near Folkestone, 1833 (watercolour on paper)
7528535 Cock Point, near Folkestone, 1833 (watercolour on paper) by Constable, John (1776-1837); 20.5x12 cm; Gallery Oldham

Background imagePreparatory Drawing Collection: Detail of a dog crossing the Red Sea (pen & ink on paper)

Detail of a dog crossing the Red Sea (pen & ink on paper)
3598794 Detail of a dog crossing the Red Sea (pen & ink on paper) by Titian (Tiziano Vecellio) (c.1488-1576); (add.info.: by Titian Uffizi, G.D.S., Firenze)

Background imagePreparatory Drawing Collection: Soldier with Mantel (pen & ink on paper)

Soldier with Mantel (pen & ink on paper)
3598788 Soldier with Mantel (pen & ink on paper) by Titian (Tiziano Vecellio) (c.1488-1576); (add.info.: by Titian Uffizi, G.D.S., Firenze, Toscana)

Background imagePreparatory Drawing Collection: The Virgin Mary with Apostles of Santo Spirito ()

The Virgin Mary with Apostles of Santo Spirito ()
3598763 The Virgin Mary with Apostles of Santo Spirito ( by Titian (Tiziano Vecellio) (c.1488-1576); (add.info.: by Titian Uffizi, G.D.S., Firenze, Toscana)

Background imagePreparatory Drawing Collection: Landscape with Birds in Flight (ink on paper)

Landscape with Birds in Flight (ink on paper)
3598747 Landscape with Birds in Flight (ink on paper) by Titian (Tiziano Vecellio) (c.1488-1576); (add.info.: by Titian); Photo © Raffaello Bencini

Background imagePreparatory Drawing Collection: Back view of Roman marble of the Boy with a Goose in his lost drawing book preserved in

Back view of Roman marble of the Boy with a Goose in his lost drawing book preserved in the Chatsworth record
8601589 Back view of Roman marble of the Boy with a Goose in his lost drawing book preserved in the Chatsworth record, fol 64v-65r (pen & ink on paper) by Rubens

Background imagePreparatory Drawing Collection: Drawing of a man, Ramose's tomb

Drawing of a man, Ramose's tomb
8586937 Drawing of a man, Ramose's tomb by Egyptian; Necropolis, Luxor, Thebes, Egypt; (add.info.: Egypt TT55, Ramose's Thebarian Tomb Charcoal drawing of a man); © Jean Bernard

Background imagePreparatory Drawing Collection: Tomb of Ramses IX, Luxor

Tomb of Ramses IX, Luxor
8587842 Tomb of Ramses IX, Luxor by Egyptian; Valley of the Kings, Thebes, Egypt; (add.info.: Egypt. Luxor, city on the Nile of ancient Thebes)

Background imagePreparatory Drawing Collection: Layers of stratus, wreathing mountain slopes, c 1803-1811

Layers of stratus, wreathing mountain slopes, c 1803-1811
UIG5102163 Layers of stratus, wreathing mountain slopes, c 1803-1811 by Howard, Luke (1772-1864); Science Museum, London, UK; (add.info.: Layers of stratus, wreathing mountain slopes, c 1803-1811)

Background imagePreparatory Drawing Collection: Sketches: Reclining Nude, Man Supporting the Body of, 1818-1819 (graphite, on cream wove paper)

Sketches: Reclining Nude, Man Supporting the Body of, 1818-1819 (graphite, on cream wove paper)
5860103 Sketches: Reclining Nude, Man Supporting the Body of, 1818-1819 (graphite, on cream wove paper, perimeter mounted on cream wove paper) by Gericault

Background imagePreparatory Drawing Collection: Houses and an Eagle (pen & ink on paper)

Houses and an Eagle (pen & ink on paper)
3598793 Houses and an Eagle (pen & ink on paper) by Titian (Tiziano Vecellio) (c.1488-1576); (add.info.: by Titian Uffizi, G.D.S., Firenze, Toscana)

Background imagePreparatory Drawing Collection: Roman Emperor (pen & ink on paper)

Roman Emperor (pen & ink on paper)
3598779 Roman Emperor (pen & ink on paper) by Titian (Tiziano Vecellio) (c.1488-1576); (add.info.: by Titian Uffizi, G.D.S., Firenze, Toscana)

Background imagePreparatory Drawing Collection: Madonna and Child seated on clouds with saints, or apostles (pen & ink on paper)

Madonna and Child seated on clouds with saints, or apostles (pen & ink on paper)
3598777 Madonna and Child seated on clouds with saints, or apostles (pen & ink on paper) by Titian (Tiziano Vecellio) (c.1488-1576); (add.info.: by Titian Uffizi, G.D.S.)

Background imagePreparatory Drawing Collection: Head of a Woman (charcoal on paper)

Head of a Woman (charcoal on paper)
3598773 Head of a Woman (charcoal on paper) by Titian (Tiziano Vecellio) (c.1488-1576); (add.info.: by Titian Madonna e donna inginocchiata (8788) - testa di Madonna (8803) (12898F) Uffizi

Background imagePreparatory Drawing Collection: Nude Woman (chalk on paper)

Nude Woman (chalk on paper)
3598762 Nude Woman (chalk on paper) by Titian (Tiziano Vecellio) (c.1488-1576); (add.info.: by Titian Uffizi, G.D.S., Firenze, Toscana)

Background imagePreparatory Drawing Collection: Apostle (chalk on paper)

Apostle (chalk on paper)
3598752 Apostle (chalk on paper) by Titian (Tiziano Vecellio) (c.1488-1576); (add.info.: by Titian Uffizi, G.D.S., Toscana, Toscana)

Background imagePreparatory Drawing Collection: Studies of the Virgin (charcoal on paper)

Studies of the Virgin (charcoal on paper)
3598748 Studies of the Virgin (charcoal on paper) by Titian (Tiziano Vecellio) (c.1488-1576); (add.info.: Madonna e donna inginocchiata (8788) - testa di Madonna (8803) (12898 FV) Uffizi

Background imagePreparatory Drawing Collection: View of a Mountainous Coast (ink on paper)

View of a Mountainous Coast (ink on paper)
3598743 View of a Mountainous Coast (ink on paper) by Titian (Tiziano Vecellio) (c.1488-1576); (add.info.: by Titian); Photo © Raffaello Bencini

Background imagePreparatory Drawing Collection: The Terrace, Haddon, 1845 (watercolour, black chalk and pencil on paper)

The Terrace, Haddon, 1845 (watercolour, black chalk and pencil on paper)
7528548 The Terrace, Haddon, 1845 (watercolour, black chalk and pencil on paper) by Cox, David (1783-1859); 28x21 cm; Gallery Oldham

Background imagePreparatory Drawing Collection: A spear bearer from Flagellation of Christ by Federico Zuccari (pen & ink on paper)

A spear bearer from Flagellation of Christ by Federico Zuccari (pen & ink on paper)
8601588 A spear bearer from Flagellation of Christ by Federico Zuccari (pen & ink on paper) by Rubens, Peter Paul (1577-1640); The Devonshire Collections



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"Exploring the Artistic Process: The Significance of Preparatory Drawings" Preparatory drawings serve as a window into an artist's creative journey, offering glimpses of their thought process and meticulous planning. These preliminary sketches lay the foundation for masterpieces that would later captivate audiences. One such example is Dante Gabriel Rossetti's "Study for The Blessed Damozel. " Created in 1876, this graphite drawing showcases his careful attention to detail before embarking on the final painting. Similarly, Rembrandt van Rijn's pen and brush sketch from 1640 portrays a sick woman in bed, possibly his wife Saskia. This intimate portrayal reveals his deep emotional connection with his subject. In Jean-Baptiste-Siméon Chardin's red and white chalk study from 1723-24, we witness an academic nude seated with clasped hands. This preparatory work demonstrates Chardin's dedication to capturing human anatomy accurately while showcasing his mastery of light and shadow. Head studies have long been used by artists to perfect their understanding of facial features. Whether executed in oil on panel or pencil and watercolor on paper like those seen here, these studies allow artists to experiment with different expressions and angles before committing them to larger compositions. The power of preparatory drawings extends beyond traditional mediums; even graphite sketches like Édouard Manet's "Tuning" from 1867 possess a sense of movement and emotion within their simplicity. Meanwhile, John Ruskin's pencil and watercolor depiction of St Mark’s sculptures in Venice transports us back to the grandeur of the city during the mid-19th century. Religious themes also find expression through preparatory works such as Peter Paul Rubens' "The Triumph of the Church. " Painted after 1628 on wood, this oil sketch provides insight into Rubens' exploration of composition and symbolism before executing larger religious paintings.