CSU exhibition takes viewers into minds of historical artists, Coloradoan

CSU exhibition takes viewers into minds of historical artists
By Stacy Nick, April 6, 2011, The Coloradoan

A drawing seems like such a temporary form of art, but in the University Art Museum’s latest exhibition, “Sure of Hand: Drawings from the Renaissance to the Nineteenth Century,” the impact is permanent.

The more than 60 images – part of a private collection, which has never been showcased in a museum setting before – explore the complexity of drawing as it was practiced in Europe from the 16th through the 19th centuries. The works range from exquisitely detailed finished works, such as English artist John Hamilton Mortimer’s portrait of legendary English actor David Garrick in his role as Richard II, to quick sketches, such as French art Baron Antoine Jean Gros’ sketch of Napoleon Bonaparte.

While today, the drawings are highly valued, seen as giving unique insight into the private working worlds of the artists, the majority of the works in this exhibition were not originally intended for public display, said UAM director Linny Frickman. The drawings were sketches and studies created as a stepping stone to a larger work, such as a painting or a sculpture.

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