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…

‘Great selection of high quality drawings. Loved the Carracci sketch!’ N and F, Kings Heath, 17/06/18

‘Excellent work by the student curators! Amazing subject and drawing selections.’ TA and YY, Greece and China, 20/06/18

‘Really enjoyed the display, got lots of inspiration.’ TR, Worcester, 22/06/18

‘Very well done – what a lovely group of drawings.’, BK, Herefordshire, 23/06/18

‘Amazing drawings – good inspiration for people who want to draw.’ MH, no location given, 24/06/18

‘Fabulous exhibition! I thoroughly enjoyed learning about these pieces.’ MS, Selly Oak, 15/06/18

15 June - 23 September 2018

Lady Barber Gallery


Free admission

Related Events

Lunchtime Lecture


The Form and Function of Renaissance and Baroque Drawing

Rosie Razzall, Curator of Prints and Drawings, Royal Collection Trust

Wednesday 4 July, 1.10 – 2pm

Free, no booking required.

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Lunchtime Lecture


Dr. David Hemsoll, Department of Art History, Curating and Visual Studies, University of Birmingham

Wednesday 11 July, 1.10 – 2pm

Free, no booking required.

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