On View: Master Drawings Unveiled at the Art Institute of Chicago This past weekend the Art Institute of Chicago opened its new exhibition, “Master Drawings Unveiled: 25 Years of Major Acquisitions.” Featuring a wide array of drawings from the 17th century onward, the exhibition focuses upon the museum’s recently acquired – yet heretofore undisplayed – drawings, etchings, and watercolors.

On View: Master Drawings Unveiled at the Art Institute of Chicago

This past weekend the Art Institute of Chicago opened its new exhibition, “Master Drawings Unveiled: 25 Years of Major Acquisitions.” Featuring a wide array of drawings from the 17th century onward, the exhibition focuses upon the museum’s recently acquired – yet heretofore undisplayed – drawings, etchings, and watercolors. 

Among the display are several fantastic examples of Italian works from the 17th and 18th century, ranging from preparatory drawings, such as Giovanni Battista Gaulli’s Detail Study for the Assumption of Saint Agnes, to finished renderings of famous Roman landmarks, such as Francesco Panini’s sweeping watercolor interior view of Saint Peter’s Basilica. 

“Master Drawings Unveiled” will remain on view through 29 January 2017. For more information on the exhibition, please visit the museum’s website


Carlo Labruzzi, A View from the Palatine Hill, Rome, the Alban Hills in the Distance, c. 1775. Watercolor, over graphite, on ivory laid paper. 311 x 531 mm.

Salvator Rosa, The Crucifixion of Polycrates, c. 1662. Etching, with drypoint, in black on ivory laid paper. 526 x 770 mm (sheet).

Giuseppe Passeri, Saint Augustine and Two Angels Adoring the Crucifix, 1685/1695. Pen and brown ink, heightened with lead white, over red chalk on cream laid paper, laid down on cream laid paper. 327 x 256 mm (primary support). 

Francesco Panini, Interior View of the Church of St. Peter’s in the Vatican, c. 1770. Transparent and opaque watercolors with shell gold and pen and black ink, over etching, on ivory laid paper. 580 x 885 mm.

Giovanni Battista Gaulli, Detail Study for The Assumption of St. Agnes, 1670/90. Pen and brown ink, with brush and brown wash, heightened with white gouache, over black chalk, on tan laid paper. 260 x 391 mm.

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