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

 

What our visitors have said…

‘We like the students’ descriptions – very interesting and informative. Well researched’ S.M, Birmingham, 13/08/18

‘A very impressive and enjoyable collection’ T.R, New Zealand, 02/08/18

‘Beautiful collection’ R. A, New York, 01/08/18

‘Magnificent collection of drawings. I enjoyed it immensely’ O.E, Madrid, 30/07/18

‘Fascinating drawings and details behind the works. Very inspired’ E.M, Leamington Spa, 29/07/18

‘So glad to remember why I love art!’ S,P, Greece, 25/07/18

‘Quite a variety and I’m glad to have found The head of St Sebastian by Andrea del Sarto. I will try his lines’. G.R, Herefordshire, 23/07/18 

‘Impressive curation’ R, 22/07/18

‘So wonderful to be able to see beautiful and stunning works of art’ M.B, 22/07/18

‘Fascinating and most beautiful exhibition – Thank you!’ W.O, 21/07/18

‘Free and full of quality – Thank you!’ M.B, Dublin, 18/07/18

‘Incredible display of skill!’ B.D, 15/07/18

‘Awe – inspiring!’ D.P, 14/07/18

‘Beautifully presented with a wealth of information – well done!’ SD, Lichfield, 11/07/18

‘Very interesting collection of sketches with informative and helpful labels!’ CT, Warwickshire, 11/07/18

‘Very interesting! Thoroughly enjoyed it! Thank you!’ J and E, Denmark, 08/07/18

Owen McSwiny (1684-1754)

Tombeaux des princes, grands capitaines et autre hommes illustres qui ont fleuri dans la Grande Bretagne

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Owen McSwiny (1684-1754)

Tombeaux des princes, grands capitaines et autre hommes illustres qui ont fleuri dans la Grande Bretagne

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Owen McSwiny (1684-1754)

Tombeaux des princes, grands capitaines et autre hommes illustres qui ont fleuri dans la Grande Bretagne

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Owen McSwiny (1684-1754)

Tombeaux des princes, grands capitaines et autre hommes illustres qui ont fleuri dans la Grande Bretagne

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