Drawing in Silver and Gold: Leonardo to Jasper Johns at the British Museum


Leonardo da Vinci, Bust of a warrior, c. 1475 © The Trustees of the British Museum Pinterest


Discover the remarkable secrets behind some of the greatest drawings in history with Drawing in Silver and Gold: Leonardo to Jasper Johns at the British Museum.

Offering a once-in-a-lifetime chance to see some of mankind’s most important drawings in one place, this exhibition charts the expansion and development of an artistic technique known as metalpoint. From the Renaissance to modern times, the technical challenge of mastering the medium has inspired countless artists, including many of the all-time greats.

Featuring works from the British Museum’s outstanding collection of metalpoint drawings along with loans from around the world, this is a chance to witness original drawings by the likes of Raphael, Lucas van Leyden, Otto Dix, Rembrandt, Rogier van der Weyden, Bruce Nauman and Leonardo da Vinci.

Covering the broad range of artistic styles that have been developed since the 14th century, this is the most ambitious collection of masterpieces created in metalpoint that has ever been assembled.


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