Study of the Head of a Young Woman (detail), about 1523, Andrea del Sarto. Red chalk. Istituti museale della Soprintendenza Speciale per Il Polo Museale Fiorentino. Su concessione del Ministero dei beni e delle attività culturali e del turismo. Photo: Scala / Art Resource, NY

Andrea del Sarto: The Renaissance Workshop in Action


West Pavilion, Plaza Level

This major loan exhibition celebrates the transformation of the art of drawing by Andrea del Sarto (1486–1530), one of the greatest Florentine Renaissance artists. Moving beyond the graceful harmony and elegance of his elders and peers, such as Leonardo da Vinci, Raphael, and Fra Bartolommeo, Andrea brought unprecedented realism and immediacy to his art through the rough and rustic use of red chalk and the creation of powerful life and compositional studies. Comprising rare drawings and panel paintings from key international collections, the exhibition fully illuminates Andrea del Sarto's inventiveness, creative process, and workshop practice.

The exhibition was co-organized by the J. Paul Getty Museum and the Frick Collection, New York.

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