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22 April–25 July 2010 The BP Special Exhibition

Italian Renaissance Drawings

Fra Angelico to Leonardo

Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, Botticelli, Rapael Titian

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Some highlights from the exhibition

Anonymous Lombard (Workshop of Giovannino de'Grassi), Two studies of a cheetah
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    Anonymous Lombard (Workshop of Giovannino de'Grassi), Two studies of a cheetah
    (detail), 1410. Watercolour and bodycolour on vellum, 16.4 x 12.3 cm (whole drawing).
    © Trustees of the British Museum
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  • 2

    Sandro Botticelli, Allegory of Abundance or Autumn (detail), c. 1480-5. Black and red chalk, pen and brown ink, brown wash, heightened with white, on paper with an irregular orange-red ground consisting mainly of red lead, 31.7 x 25.2 cm (whole drawing). © Trustees of the British Museum
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  • 3

    Andrea del Verrocchio, Head of a woman (detail), c. 1475. Charcoal (some oiled ?), heightened with white, pen and brown ink on her left eye, 32.4 x 27.3 cm (whole drawing). © Trustees of the British Museum
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  • 4

    Leonardo da Vinci, Landscape (detail), 1473. Pen and two shades of brown ink, 19.4 x 28.5 cm (whole drawing).
    Gabinetto Disegni e Stampe degli Uffizi, Florence

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    Leonardo da Vinci, Head of a warrior (detail), c. 1475-80. Metalpoint on a cream preparation, 28.7 x 21.1 cm (whole drawing). © Trustees of the British Museum
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    Leonardo da Vinci, Military machines and a study for a spearhead (detail), c. 1485-8.
    Pen and brown ink over stylus, 17.3 x 24.6 cm (whole drawing). © Trustees of the British Museum
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    Raffaellino del Garbo, The Risen Christ (detail), c. 1495-97. Silverpoint heightened with lead white over stylus indications on grey preparation, 37.8 x 25.5 cm (whole drawing). © Trustees of the British Museum
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    Vittore Carpaccio, The Vision of St Augustine (detail), c. 1501-8. Pen and brown ink, brown-grey wash over leadpoint and the architectural setting with a stylus, 27.8 X 42.6 cm (whole drawing). © Trustees of the British Museum
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    Michelangelo, A youth beckoning (detail), c. 1504. Pen and two shades of brown ink; black chalk (leg study), 37.4 x 22.8 cm (whole drawing). © Trustees of the British Museum
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    Raphael, Cartoon for St George, c. 1504-5. Pen and ink, over black chalk, the outlines of the figures pricked for transfer, 26.5 x 26.7 cm.
    Gabinetto Disegni e Stampe degli Uffizi, Florence

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