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Preparatory Sketch Collection

"Exploring the Artistic Process: Capturing Essence through Preparatory Sketches" Sketch for the Last Supper in Venice

Background imagePreparatory Sketch Collection: Sketch for the Last Supper

Sketch for the Last Supper
Preparatory sketch in red chalk by Leonardo da Vinci for his fresco of The Last Supper. This is one of a number of compositional sketches he made in preparation for the fresco he was to paint

Background imagePreparatory Sketch Collection: Venice, San Giorgio (colour litho)

Venice, San Giorgio (colour litho)
7159740 Venice, San Giorgio (colour litho) by Murray, Alexander Henry Hallam (1854-1934); Private Collection; (add.info.: Venice, San Giorgio)

Background imagePreparatory Sketch 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 Sketch 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 Sketch 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 Sketch 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 Sketch 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 Sketch 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 Sketch 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 Sketch 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 Sketch 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 Sketch 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 Sketch 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 Sketch 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 Sketch 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 Sketch 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 Sketch 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 Sketch 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 Sketch 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 Sketch 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 Sketch 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 Sketch 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 Sketch 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 Sketch 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 Sketch 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 Sketch 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 Sketch 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 Sketch 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 Sketch 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 Sketch 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 Sketch 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 Sketch 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 Sketch 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 Sketch 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 Sketch 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 Sketch 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 Sketch 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 Sketch 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 Sketch 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 Sketch 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 Sketch 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 Sketch 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 Sketch 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 Sketch 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 Sketch 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 Sketch 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 Sketch 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 Sketch 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



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"Exploring the Artistic Process: Capturing Essence through Preparatory Sketches" Sketch for the Last Supper in Venice, San Giorgio (colour litho): A glimpse into the meticulous planning behind one of history's most iconic masterpieces. Sick woman in a bed, maybe Saskia, wife of the painter, 1640 (pen, brush & gouache): An intimate portrayal of vulnerability and love as an artist captures his beloved spouse during her illness. A seated academic nude with his hands clasped, c. 1723-24 (red & white chalk on light brown paper): Delicate strokes bring to life a contemplative figure embodying grace and intellectual depth. Head studies (oil on panel): The artist's exploration of human expression and emotion through captivating portraits that reveal both individuality and universality. Tuning, 1867 (graphite): A fleeting moment frozen in time as skilled hands adjust strings - a testament to dedication and precision within the world of music. First of the Month's Sculptures, St Mark's, Venice, 1840 (pencil & w/c on card): A preliminary sketch capturing architectural marvels that stand tall against time while showcasing intricate details awaiting their transformation into grand sculptures. The Triumph of the Church after 1628 (oil on wood): Through preparatory sketches emerges an awe-inspiring depiction celebrating faith and spiritual triumph amidst adversity. Study of Guinevere for Sir Launcelot in the Queen's Chamber, 1857 (pencil & w/c on paper): Unveiling Arthurian legends' enchantment through initial sketches that breathe life into mythical characters entwined in timeless tales. Madame Lisle and Madame Loubens, 1869-72 (graphite on tan wove paper): The delicate lines capture friendship immortalized by artistry; two souls forever intertwined upon this textured canvas. Portrait of Essil Elmslie, 1911 (pencil on paper).