barber institute of fine arts
university of birmingham


Drawn to Perfection

Masterworks from the Royal Collection

Absolutely integral to the processes of art, drawings have always served many crucial and varied functions.

This first exhibition in an exciting new partnership with Royal Collection Trust explores their use – as prototypes for paintings and frescoes, tapestries, sculpture or architecture, and as detailed working sketches that allow an artist to explore the subject or trial compositional ideas. It includes a wealth of exquisite works on paper by brilliant Renaissance and Baroque Masters, including Bernini, Carracci, Claude, and Poussin, and is curated by students from the University’s MA Art History and Curating course. 

Grid image: Federico Barocci, ‘The head of an old man’, c.1575, Royal Collection Trust / © Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2018

Header image: Filippo Lauri, ‘A ceiling design for Palazzo Borghese’, 1671, Royal Collection Trust / © Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2018

William Hogarth (1697-1764)

Night (from the sequence 'The Four Times of the Day')

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William Hogarth (1697-1764)

Evening (third in the sequence from 'The Four Times of the Day')

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William Hogarth (1697-1764)

Noon (second in sequence from 'The Four Times of the Day')

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William Hogarth (1697-1764)

Morning (first in the sequence from 'The Four Times of the Day')

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