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Head of a Bearded Man

Head of a Bearded Man

Few Medieval drawings survive. This very refined and unusually well-preserved study was probably created by an artist in the immediate circle of the court of the Holy Roman Emperor, Charles IV (r. 1355-78) at P... more

Design for an Antependium: The Madonna della Misericordia with Saints John the Baptist and John the Evangelist, the Circumcision, and the Presentation of the Virgin

Design for an Antependium: The Madonna della Misericordia with Saints ...

This rare sheet probably served as a design for an antependium, a woven or embroidered hanging for an altar frontal. The drawing, recalling the figure types of Lorenzo Veneziano, may have been produced for use ... more

The Madonna and Child with a Female Martyr Saint, a Bishop Saint, and a Female Donor

The Madonna and Child with a Female Martyr Saint, a Bishop Saint, and ...

Although this drawing echoes the vocabulary of Stefano da Verona, it is more likely attributable to one of his followers, due to its schematic quality and the uncertain spatial relation among the figures. The s... more

The Flagellation

The Flagellation

Lombardy (?) , late 15th century

Head of a Youth with a Diadem

Head of a Youth with a Diadem

Caselli, a leading painter in Parma, worked alongside Giovanni Bellini and Alvise Vivarini and other painters from 1489 to 1495 on the decoration of the Great Council Hall in the Doge’s Palace in Venice (destro... more

Crucifixion with the Virgin and St. John the Evangelist
A Seated Saint Reading from a Book

A Seated Saint Reading from a Book

The outlines of the figure of this majestic seated saint have been finely pricked with holes, which would have been dusted with charcoal in order to transfer the design to another surface below – a process know... more

A Gazelle in Profile, Moving Toward the Right

A Gazelle in Profile, Moving Toward the Right

The Lombard artist Michelino da Besozzo was celebrated during his lifetime for his naturalism, especially in rendering animals and birds. This magnificent drawing, probably made by an artist strongly influenced... more

Seated Man with a Book and a Scroll

Seated Man with a Book and a Scroll

This crowned figure, in the act of orating from a book, probably represents a Father of the Church or a biblical prophet. The inscriptions on the book and scroll do not appear to refer to a particular sacred te... more

A Man Asleep Alongside a Dog and a Horse

A Man Asleep Alongside a Dog and a Horse

Although scenes from everyday life such as this one are quite rare in surviving drawings of the period, they often appear as details in contemporary paintings and manuscript illuminations from Northern Italy. T... more

Group of Warriors Standing

Group of Warriors Standing

The composition of this drawing, depicting a group of standing soldiers, exists in several other versions by different hands, which may all derive from a lost original prototype. Similar figures are found in wo... more

Panel

Panel

The ink-drawn depiction is closely related to a now-lost wall painting of the Crucifixion by Altichero (act. Ca. 1369-84) and his school in Padua. The panel most likely formed the lid of a small chest or cabinet.

A Man Seated on a Throne

A Man Seated on a Throne

This drawing of an enthroned man holding a scepter may be a portrait of an unidentified ruler, and was perhaps intended for a cycle of illustrious men. In its format, size, and iconography, the drawing recalls ... more

Head of a Boy

Head of a Boy

Attributed to Master of the Legend of Saint Ursula (Netherlandish, active ca. 1470–90)

A Warrior on Horseback

A Warrior on Horseback

This study for a warrior on horseback has formerly been attributed to the Venetian artist, Michele Giambono, due to the general resemblance of the subject to the master’s fresco of the equestrian figure of San ... more

Christ Taking Leave of His Disciples
Kneeling Female Figure

Kneeling Female Figure

Matthäus Zasinger (German, Munich, ca. 1477–1525)

St. Matthew

St. Matthew

Style of Martin Schongauer (German, Colmar ca. 1435/50–1491 Breisach)

Study of the Head of a Youth Gazing Upward

Study of the Head of a Youth Gazing Upward

This study of a male head, seen from below in a foreshortening technique known in Italian as "di sotto in su" (meaning “from below, upward”), may have served as a preparatory study for a figure in a painting. T... more

Madonna and Child with Saint John the Evangelist

Madonna and Child with Saint John the Evangelist

Andrea da Murano may have trained with the Venetian painter Bartolomeo Vivarini and was heavily influenced by him. This drawing evokes Bartolomeo’s facial types and agitated drapery style and also closely recal... more

Vulcan Building a Fence Around the Mount of Venus

Vulcan Building a Fence Around the Mount of Venus

Although the northern Italian origin of this drawing has never been disputed, the question of its authorship remains open. The composition and the rendering of landscape are reminiscent of Giovanni Bellini and ... more

Head of a Young Woman

Head of a Young Woman

Portrayed in near profile with downcast eyes, this study of the head of a young woman resembles the physiognomic type frequently employed for images of the Virgin found in paintings by Lorenzo di Credi and his ... more

Saint Sebastian in a Landscape

Saint Sebastian in a Landscape

This sheet is evidence of Andrea Mantegna’s influence on artists inFerrara. The pose of Saint Sebastian and the winding road atleft are derived from his paintings of the same subject (nowin Paris and Vienna). A... more

The Last Judgment

The Last Judgment

The inscription at the lower left, "Ottaviano," has often been identified as the hand of the sixteenth-century biographer and artist, Giorgio Vasari, and as an indication that the drawing once belonged to his c... more

Standing Youth with Sword and Palm Branch

Standing Youth with Sword and Palm Branch

Attributed to Antonio Vivarini (Italian, Venice, active by 1441–died 1476/84)

Head of a Woman

Head of a Woman

The refinement of the International Gothic Style and the flowering of the visual arts in Prague at the court of Emperor Charles IV and his successors are both apparent in this sheet, which is among the few draw... more

Decorated Initial with Scene of Christ Entering the Temple.

Decorated Initial with Scene of Christ Entering the Temple.

Wound around the initial "D" is a complex ornamental design of exquisitely rendered naturalistic flowers, and a portion of musical notation is visible at upper right. Within the capital "D" is a figural scene d... more

Design Fragment for the Left Side of the 'Fonte Gaia' in Siena

Design Fragment for the Left Side of the 'Fonte Gaia' in Siena

This is one of the most historically important early Italian drawings in a United States collection, and is associated with a famous sculptural project in Renaissance Italy. The details of the project are compl... more

Free Copy of Giotto's Navicella (recto); Copy of Adam in Masaccio's Expulsion from the Garden of Eden, and other Figure Studies (verso)

Free Copy of Giotto's Navicella (recto); Copy of Adam in Masaccio's Ex...

Parri Spinelli (Italian, Arezzo 1387–1453 Arezzo) (recto)

Three Virtues (Temperance, Hope, and Fortitude or Justice) and Studies of a Seated Man

Three Virtues (Temperance, Hope, and Fortitude or Justice) and Studies...

This rare metalpoint drawing has historically been attributed to the preeminent early fifteenth-century Florentine painter Lorenzo Monaco, and considered part of the album of drawings that belonged to the sixte... more

Saint Philip Seated, Holding a Book and a Cross

Saint Philip Seated, Holding a Book and a Cross

Pesellino (Francesco di Stefano) (Italian, Florence ca. 1422–1457 Florence)

A Young Man in Armor, Facing Right

A Young Man in Armor, Facing Right

This drawing and 1975.1.403 originally formed a single sheet that may have been part of a sketchbook. The two male figures, dressed in armor and bearing a spear, sword, and sphere, may represent heroes from a c... more

A Young Man in Armor, Facing Front

A Young Man in Armor, Facing Front

This drawing and 1975.1.404 originally formed a single sheet that may have been part of a sketchbook. The two male figures, dressed in armor and bearing a spear, sword, and sphere, may represent heroes from a c... more

Saint Paul

Saint Paul

Once attributed to Petrus Christus (1410-1472/73), this drawing on vellum has since been reassigned to an artist in the Circle of Jan van Eyck. It is one of two extant drawings in a series of the twelve Apost... more

Virgin and Child with a Kneeling Donor, in a Quatrefoil

Virgin and Child with a Kneeling Donor, in a Quatrefoil

Shown in an elongated Gothic quatrefoil frame, this Madonna and Child is one of the earliest recognized examples of a design for a small painting on glass. The pose of the Christ Child embracing his Mother rec... more

Three Standing Figures (recto); Seated Woman and a Male Hermit in Half-length (verso)

Three Standing Figures (recto); Seated Woman and a Male Hermit in Half...

The three standing figures on the recto of this sheet probably served as studies for an 'Annunciation,' according to a style of iconography that was characteristic in the stone sculptures of portals in French G... more

Standing Youth Leaning on a Long Staff (recto); Seated Man (verso)

Standing Youth Leaning on a Long Staff (recto); Seated Man (verso)

attributed to Domenico Veneziano (Italian, active by 1438–died 1461 Florence)

Standing Youth Holding a Club (recto); Temptation of Adam and Eve (verso)

Standing Youth Holding a Club (recto); Temptation of Adam and Eve (ver...

Attributed to Domenico Veneziano (Italian, active by 1438–died 1461 Florence) ?

Christ at the Column

Christ at the Column

Dating from around 1440-70, this large, well preserved, delicately rendered drawing on fine vellum is of great rarity and historical significance. The drawing embodies the unique mixture of Italian and Spanish ... more

King Herod Receiving the Three Magi

King Herod Receiving the Three Magi

Circle of Martin Schongauer (German, Colmar ca. 1435/50–1491 Breisach)

Justice

Justice

The figure of Justice, bearing a sword and globe, reflects the tradition of seated Virtues found in Medieval and early Renaissance model books. While the sheet’s provenance remains uncertain, the framing lines ... more

Men Shoveling Chairs (Scupstoel)

Men Shoveling Chairs (Scupstoel)

This remarkable drawing – among the few extant fifteenth-century designs for representational sculpture – is a study for one of three narrative capitals carved for the Brussels town hall between 1444 and 1450.... more

Studies of Putti

Studies of Putti

Anonymous, Italian, Paduan, second half of the 15th century

Studies of Saint John the Baptist

Studies of Saint John the Baptist

This highly accomplished sheet of studies in metalpoint is actually a record of a painting rather than a study for one. The bust-length profile of Saint John the Baptist and adjacent studies of legs correspond ... more

Standing Scholar (Prophet?) Turned to the Right (Recto); Standing Scholar (Prophet?) Turned to the Left (Verso)

Standing Scholar (Prophet?) Turned to the Right (Recto); Standing Scho...

This standing male figure and its verso counterpart have been variously given to the Fleming Hugo van der Goes (1435/40-1482), to an anonymous Netherlandish artist, or to a Burgundian master. Actually, the idi... more

A Warrior Subduing Another (recto); Warrior Seen in Bust-Length with Fantastic Helmet (verso)

A Warrior Subduing Another (recto); Warrior Seen in Bust-Length with F...

A splendid double-sided page from a small, dismembered sketchbook attributed to Maso Finiguerra was acquired by the Metropolitan Museum in 2002, a work which is more pictorially executed, and is even more unusu... more

The Flagellation of Christ

The Flagellation of Christ

The rather crude execution and placement of figures floating in space without reference to a setting would seem to suggest that the author of this sheet has drawn upon several sources, some older and some more... more

Portrait of an Ecclesiastic

Portrait of an Ecclesiastic

Although the inscription describes the sitter as "A Roman legate of our Holy Father in France," there has been no satisfactory identification of this man. The drawing, an outstanding and rare survival of a fift... more

The Resurrection

The Resurrection

Zoppo was a painter and draftsman active in Padua, Venice, and Bologna, a friend of Andrea Mantegna, and an artist admired in humanist circles. In this rare, large scale drawing of about 1465, Christ has risen... more

Saint Francis Before the Bishop

Saint Francis Before the Bishop

Saint Francis of Assisi (1181-1226), the son of a prosperous merchant, who abandoned his life of worldly pleasures in order to dedicate himself to the service of God, is portrayed here renouncing his clothing b... more

The Good Thief

The Good Thief

Anonymous, Italian, Ferrarese, 15th century

The Virgin Annunciate

The Virgin Annunciate

Facing right with her eyes closed, ready to embrace the message of the Annunciation, the Virgin Mary here stands under an arch decorated with a classical frieze. She is wrapped in a long mantle defined through ... more

Bear Hunt

Bear Hunt

Fusing narrative and stereotype, this drawing partakes of a long pictorial tradition blending the chase, festive leisure, and chivalric love. Particularly in tapestries, the tradition of amorous pursuit flouri... more

Saint John the Evangelist

Saint John the Evangelist

According to the Golden Legend, the idolatrous priest Aristodemus challenged John theEvangelist: “I will give you poison to drink. If it does you no harm, it will be clear that your master is the true God.’...... more

Measured Drawing of a Horse Facing Left (recto).

Measured Drawing of a Horse Facing Left (recto).

This drawing is a remarkable example of the Renaissance preoccupation with ideal proportions, as seen in the Vitruvian Man by Leonardo da Vinci, Verrocchio’s most famous pupil. Verrocchio began this drawing by ... more

Bust of a Man in a Hat Gazing Upward

Bust of a Man in a Hat Gazing Upward

Famous even in his lifetime, Martin Schongauer shaped and revitalized German art, integrating it with the achievements of the great Netherlandish masters. While he elevated the engraving technique to a pinnacle... more

Compositional Sketches for the Virgin Adoring the Christ Child, with and without the Infant St. John the Baptist; Diagram of a Perspectival Projection (recto); Slight Doodles (verso)

Compositional Sketches for the Virgin Adoring the Christ Child, with a...

In these dazzling sketches of the Virgin kneeling in humility before the Christ Child, who lies on the ground, Leonardo investigated a theme that he would also use in the Virgin of the Rocks (Musée du Louvre, P... more

Standing Male Figure

Standing Male Figure

Considered one of the most gifted draftsmen of the Florentine Renaissance, Filippino was the illegitimate son of the Carmelite friar—and famous painter—Fra Filippo Lippi (ca. 1406–1469) and the pupil of Sandro ... more

A Bear Walking

A Bear Walking

Leonardo da Vinci's abundant drawings and notebooks record his keen and tireless observation of all aspects of the natural world. He probably drew this study from life and his anatomical understanding of the an... more

Sketches of Figures of the Virgin Kneeling, Saint Peter Standing, Seated Allegorical Figures of Faith and Charity, and Child Standing on a Corbel (?) (recto); Sketches of Figures of Saint Sebastian Standing and the Virgin and Child with Angels (verso)

Sketches of Figures of the Virgin Kneeling, Saint Peter Standing, Seat...

To judge from the drawing style and subject matter, Ferrucci was strongly influenced by the Florentine sculptor Andrea Verrocchio (1435–1488). Although he was trained by his father, Ferrucci may have been Verr... more

Landscape (recto); Landscape (verso)

Landscape (recto); Landscape (verso)

Discovered by George Goldner at auction in 1992, this view of wooded hills descending toward a river is an extremely rare example of a landscape drawing by the artist, and is drawn in a delicate chiaroscuro tec... more

Christ in Gethsemane

Christ in Gethsemane

Anonymous, German, 16th century

Head of a Man in Profile Facing to the Left

Head of a Man in Profile Facing to the Left

In his studies from the late 1480s onward, Leonardo would increasingly link his exploration of human physiognomy to that of the "ages of man." While he often portrayed youth as possessing perfectly proportioned... more

Studies after Antique Frieze Figures, Including Putti with Garlands, with a Chimera and Dolphins (recto); Sketch of a Head (verso)
Design for a Wall Monument

Design for a Wall Monument

Francesco di Giorgio was a Sienese sculptor, painter, illuminator, architect, and military engineer. The precise function of this drawing is uncertain; it may record an idea for a tomb sculpture or perhaps a pa... more

Christ Appearing to Mary Magdalen

Christ Appearing to Mary Magdalen

Although the artist nicknamed the "Master of the Coburg Roundels" has not yet been identified by name, it is clear from his surviving stained-glass windows and drawings that he was a critical figure in Upper Rh... more

Standing Figure of Saint Stephen and the Head of Another Figure Within the Framing Outlines of a Rectangle, Crude Sketch of the Head of Another Figure, Undecipherable Sketch of a Polygonal or Circular Object with Small Projections

Standing Figure of Saint Stephen and the Head of Another Figure Within...

This drawing was recognized as the work of Domenico Ghirlandaio by Everett Fahy in 1976; it had previously been classified as anonymous 15th century Florentine when it was in the collection of Walter C. Baker (... more

Self-portrait, Study of a Hand and a Pillow (recto); Six Studies of Pillows (verso)

Self-portrait, Study of a Hand and a Pillow (recto); Six Studies of Pi...

In this extraordinary series of studies, Albrecht Durer has captured his own image and that of several pillows on the sheet’s front and back with incomparable brilliance, achieving at a tender age a calligraphi... more

Bust of a Young Woman

Bust of a Young Woman

Attributed to Piero di Cosimo (Piero di Lorenzo di Piero d'Antonio) (Italian, Florence 1462–1522 Florence)

Allegory on the Fidelity of the Lizard (recto); Design for a Stage Setting (verso)

Allegory on the Fidelity of the Lizard (recto); Design for a Stage Set...

The exquisite small sketch of a tondo on the recto of the Metropolitan sheet was undoubtedly intended for a medal on a theatrical costume, therefore perhaps related in theme to the verso sketches for the stagin... more

Fortuna in a Niche

Fortuna in a Niche

This female nude, thought to represent an allegory of Fortune, seems to hover between the real and ideal. Although certain idiosyncrasies of the anatomy suggest its derivation from a life study, it could conce... more

Studies of ten (?) heads and two ears (recto); Studies of three figures and a head (verso)

Studies of ten (?) heads and two ears (recto); Studies of three figure...

No more than ten drawings are known by Gerard David, the last great early Netherlandish painter, by whom there are more paintings in the Museum than in any other collection in the world. Most of David's drawing... more

Decoration for a Spandrel in a Cove

Decoration for a Spandrel in a Cove

Anonymous, Italian, 16th century (Italian, active Central Italy, ca. 1550–1580)

Ornamental drawing

Ornamental drawing

Anonymous, French, 16th century

Design for a Tomb with Herms and a Niche with a Bust Portrait

Design for a Tomb with Herms and a Niche with a Bust Portrait

Anonymous, Italian, 16th century (Italian, active Central Italy, ca. 1550–1580)

Ground Plan of a Pavillion

Ground Plan of a Pavillion

Anonymous, French, 16th century

The Holy Family with Angels

The Holy Family with Angels

Anonymous, Italian, 16th century

Roman Galley

Roman Galley

Anonymous, Italian, 16th century (Italian, active Central Italy, ca. 1550–1580)

Two Plans and Elevations for Fountains

Two Plans and Elevations for Fountains

Anonymous, French, 16th century

Portrait of Henry VII

Portrait of Henry VII

Anonymous, Italian, 16th century

Portrait of a Man

Portrait of a Man

Anonymous, French, 16th century

Design for a Bucket

Design for a Bucket

Erasmus Hornick (Netherlandish, Antwerp ca. 1520–1583 Prague)

Saint John the Baptist Appearing Before Herod

Saint John the Baptist Appearing Before Herod

Augustin Braun (German, Cologne ca. 1570–1639 Cologne)

Head of a Young Woman, a Probable Finial for Fountain or other Type of Waterwork.

Head of a Young Woman, a Probable Finial for Fountain or other Type of...

Anonymous, Italian, Sienese or Marchigian, 16th century

Symbolic Figure (a Sibyl?)

Symbolic Figure (a Sibyl?)

Anonymous, Italian, Venetian, 15th to 16th century

Christ Bound

Christ Bound

Anonymous, Italian, 16th century (Italian, active Central Italy, ca. 1550–1580)

Virgin and Child Worshipped by Three Bishops

Virgin and Child Worshipped by Three Bishops

Anonymous, Italian, 16th century (Italian, active Central Italy, ca. 1550–1580)

Design for the Tomb of Christophe de Thou (d. 1582)
Woman and Old Man Seated

Woman and Old Man Seated

Anonymous, Italian, 16th century (Italian, active Central Italy, ca. 1550–1580)

The Battle of Trasimeno

The Battle of Trasimeno

Crispijn van den Broeck (Netherlandish, Mechelen ca. 1524–ca. 1591 Antwerp)

Portrait of La Val de Pramence

Portrait of La Val de Pramence

Studio of François Clouet (French, Tours (?), active by 1536–died 1572 Paris)

Studies of Figures

Studies of Figures

Imitator of Parmigianino (Girolamo Francesco Maria Mazzola) (Italian, Parma 1503–1540 Casalmaggiore)

Antique-Style Ornamental Frieze Design: Lettered Panels, Rinceaux, and Masks

Antique-Style Ornamental Frieze Design: Lettered Panels, Rinceaux, and...

Anonymous, Italian, 16th century (Italian, active Central Italy, ca. 1550–1580)

Adoration of the Magi

Adoration of the Magi

This drawing of elegant figures worshipping the Virgin and Child set amidst the ruins of antiquity was once attributed to Lucas van Leyden (1489/94-1533), hence the L added later to the architectural base at th... more

Landscape with Two Pilgrims Walking Along a Road

Landscape with Two Pilgrims Walking Along a Road

Attributed to Pieter Balten (Netherlandish, Antwerp 1526/27–1584 Antwerp)

Saint John the Baptist

Saint John the Baptist

Innocenzo trained as a painter in Bologna with FrancescoFrancia then in Florence with Mariotto Albertinelli. Afterreturning to Bologna in 1517, he executed paintings forchurches there and in surrounding towns. ... more