National Gallery of Art - EXHIBITIONS
Renaissance to Revolution: French Drawings from the National Gallery of Art, 1500–1800
October 1, 2009–January 31, 2010

This exhibition is no longer on view at the National Gallery. Please follow the links below for related online resources or visit our current exhibitions schedule.

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Exhibition Highlights

NGA Behind the Scenes: Margaret Morgan Grasselli, curator, old master drawings, National Gallery of Art, Washington

Renaissance to Revolution: French Drawings at the National Gallery of Art:

Part 1, The 16th and 17th Centuries

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Part 2, The 18th Century
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Part 3, History of the Collection
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Image: Renaissance to Revolution: French Drawings from the National Gallery of Art, 1500-1800 Margaret Morgan Grasselli

View works by
Jean Poyet
Benvenuto Cellini
Jacques Callot
Claude Lorrain
Antoine Watteau
François Boucher
Jean-Honoré Fragonard
Jacques-Louis David
Jacques Androuet du Cerceau
Claude Deruet
Jean-Baptiste Pillement
Jean-Baptiste Hüet

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Press Materials

Image: Antoine Watteau (artist) French, 1684 - 1721 Couple Seated on the Ground, c. 1716 red, black, and white chalks on brown laid paper overall: 24.1 x 35.9 cm (9 1/2 x 14 1/8 in.) The Armand Hammer Collection 1991.217.12 The Gallery's outstanding collection of French old master drawings represents in remarkable richness and breadth the history of French draftsmanship before 1800. Individual works have been included in exhibitions at the Gallery and elsewhere, but the heart of the collection as a whole, now augmented with numerous important recent acquisitions, has never been showcased in a special exhibition. For the first time the Gallery will present a selection of approximately 120 of the most significant, beautiful, and representative drawings made over a period of three centuries by the best French artists working at home and abroad and by foreign artists working in France. Among the key artists are Jean Poyet, Benvenuto Cellini, Jacques Callot, Claude Lorrain, Antoine Watteau, François Boucher, Jean-Honoré Fragonard, and Jacques-Louis David. Outstanding examples will also be presented by other gifted but less widely known artists such as Jacques Androuet du Cerceau, Claude Deruet, Jean-Baptiste Pillement, and Jean-Baptiste Hüet. The exhibition will reveal in impressive fashion the strength and depth of the Gallery's collection, while also celebrating the singular originality, elegance, and spirit of French draftsmanship in general.

A comprehensive catalogue illustrating this selection of the Gallery's outstanding collection of French old master drawings will accompany the exhibition.

Organization: Organized by the National Gallery of Art.