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Master Drawings from the Collection of the National Gallery of Art and Promised Gifts

Published 1978
128 pages

This survey of the drawings in the collection of the National Gallery of Art accompanied the opening of the Gallery’s East Building. This moment of celebration and stock-taking afforded the public a look, in the easily accessible format of an exhibition, at the aesthetic richness and scholarly significance of a rapidly growing collection whose fragility and sensitivity to light demands that it be kept most of the time safely in storage, for consultation on a piece-by-piece basis. The 28 supporters whose gifts, past and future, are represented in this small selection comprise only a few of the Gallery’s many hundreds of generous donors. The introduction to this catalog provides details on the story of this generosity. The drawings are reproduced and organized into art-historical and chronological sections.

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