A man's head 1886
20.9 x 12.8 cm (sheet)
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Drawing has been central to the creative process of artists since the Renaissance. It has been a primary method of generating and giving form to ideas; of attaining skill in the representation of the visible world; and is the medium most suited to expressing the internal workings of the imagination. Drawings have been made as studies in the preparation of finished works of art and as autonomous statements in themselves.
This exhibition explores the diversity and continuity of drawing practice from the fifteenth century until the present day. It traces some of the different ways in which drawing has been used by painters, sculptors and designers and highlights, through a number of themes and genres, both formal and conceptual connections between drawing practices across time. These include nude, landscape and portrait drawings, as well as caricature, scientific illustration, and abstraction.