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Italian Master Drawings from the British Royal Collection
May 10 – July 26, 1987
East Building, Ground Floor, Northwest, Pod II (3,500 sq. ft.)

This exhibition is no longer on view at the National Gallery.

Overview: 61 drawings from the 15th to the 18th century were on view, from Fra Angelico to Canaletto. Included were 7 drawings of arms and hands by Leonardo da Vinci, one of which was thought to be a study for the Gallery's portrait of Ginevra de' Benci; 3 drawings by Raphael; and 4 by Michelangelo. Derived from a larger survey held at the Queen's Gallery in London, this exhibition opened in Washington in the presence of H.R.H. Princess Alexandra.

Organization: The exhibition was organized by Jane Roberts, curator of the print room at the Royal Library, Windsor. The coordinator was Andrew Robison.

Sponsor: The exhibition was supported by an indemnity from the Federal Council on the Arts and the Humanities. Pan American World Airways provided transportation.

Attendance: 103,692

Catalog: Italian Master Drawings from the British Royal Collection: Leonardo to Canaletto, by Jane Roberts. London: Collins Harvill, 1987.

Other Venues: Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, August 8–October 25, 1987
Art Institute of Chicago, November 10, 1987–January 26, 1988

Image: Installation view of Italian Master Drawings from the British Royal Collection, National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., Gallery Archives