Friday, August 20, 2010

"From Line to Light: Renaissance Drawing in Florence and Venice,"

LOS ANGELES— 16th century artist and historian Giorgio Vasari once wrote"Rough sketches, which are born in an instant in the heat of inspiration, "express the idea of their author in a few strokes, while too much effort and diligence sometimes sops the vitality and powers of those who never know when to leave off." This sentiment is exactly what is celebrated in the Getty Museum’s "From Line to Light: Renaissance Drawing in Florence and Venice," which features the earliest examples of drawings made not as practical preparations for more monumental works, but as discrete artistic products.

The show, on display until October 10, features over 40 drawings composed between 1480 and 1550 — by which time Italian drawing had successfully "transitioned from a slavish part of the design process to an esteemed and independent activity," according to the exhibition statement.

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