Andrea del Sarto: The Renaissance Workshop in Action opens 23 June 2015 at The Getty Center, Los Angeles, where it will remain on view through 13 September.
This exhibition, the first major monographic show on the artist in the United States, celebrates the transformation of the art of drawing by Andrea del Sarto (1486–1530) through nearly fifty drawings borrowed from the Louvre, the Uffizi, the British Museum, and other major collections. Moving beyond the graceful harmony and elegance of his elders and peers, such as Leonardo da Vinci, Raphael, and Fra Bartolommeo, Andrea del Sarto 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. Exhibiting rare drawings and panel paintings, the exhibition illuminates Andrea del Sarto’s inventiveness, creative process, and workshop practice.
Study of the Head of a Young Woman, ca. 1523. Red chalk. Galleria degli Uffizi, Gabinetto dei Disegni e delle Stampe
Study of a Kneeling Figure with a Sketch of a Face (recto), 1522-23. Red and black chalk. J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, 84.GB.7
Study of Figures Behind a Balustrade (recto), ca. 1525. Red chalk. J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, 92.GB.74