Prints and drawings have been keenly collected in Europe since at least the early sixteenth century. Relatively modest in price, they offered artists, amateurs and collectors of a systematic turn of mind the opportunity to put together holdings with a wide representation of different hands, schools and types of subject. Prints and drawings are traditionally treated separately, but their collecting is shown here to raise many interrelated issues. Employing a wide range of methodologies, the essays in this volume offer a number of innovative investigations into the collecting, perception, classication and display of works on paper.
'… this little volume could hardly be bettered as an introduction to the complexities, as well as to the delights, of collecting master drawings and prints.' ArtNewsLetter
'… this handsomely-produced volume… It is a credit to the contributors and their three editors that the essays in this volume enlighten not only on their own terms, but also as part of a larger narrative of the evolution of the collecting of prints and drawings in early modern Europe.' Elizabeth Goldring, Renaissance Journal
'The book contains outstanding contributions in a field that is still in its infancy… the essays provide an eminently readable introdution to the subject.' The Burlington Magazine
Contents: Introduction, Genevieve Warwick; The archaeology of the print, Antony Griffiths; The print collection of Ferdinand Columbus (1488-1539), David Landau; A Roman collector of the sixteenth century: Antonio Tronsarelli, Matteo Lafranconi; Giulio Mancini and the organisation of a print collection in early seventeenth-century Italy, Michael Bury; Nicholas Lanier (1558-1666) and the origins of drawing collecting in Stuart England, Jeremy Wood; Sir Peter Lely’s collection of prints and drawings, Diana Dethloff; Connoisseurship and the collection of drawings in Italy c.1700: the case of Padre Sebastiano Resta, Genevieve Warwick; 'A judiciously disposed collection': Jonathan Richardson Senior's cabinet of drawings, Carol Gibson-Wood; The drawings collection of Pierre Crozat, (1675-1740) Cordélia Hatton; The Italian Drawings Collection of Cavaliere Francesco Maria NiccolÃ² Gabburri (1676-1742) Nicholas Turner; Bibliography; Index.