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  • Melchior Lorck, _Tortoise and view of a walled, coastal town_, 1555. © The Trustees of the British Museum (2016).  All rights reserved.

    Lines of Thought: Drawing from Michelangelo to Now From the British Museum

    October 6, 2017 – January 7, 2018

    Melchior Lorck, Tortoise and view of a walled, coastal town, 1555. © The Trustees of the British Museum (2016). All rights reserved.

  • Lines of Thought: Drawing from Michelangelo to Now From the British Museum

    Lines of Thought: Drawing from Michelangelo to Now explores the vital role of drawing as a continual and active process of discovery. Seventy works from the British Museum’s world-renowned collection examine the many ways thinking on paper has taken form across continents and centuries, from an ancient Egyptian papyrus to works by such well-known artists as Leonardo da Vinci and Pablo Picasso to artists working today, including William Kentridge and RISD alumna Julie Mehretu. Some works capture a fleeting thought or externalize the germ of an idea; others synthesize an elaborate plan or brainstorm multiple solutions to a problem. The exhibition as a whole investigates the ability of drawing to show the direct and immediate relationship between the artist and their material, and the continuing importance of drawing today

    Lines of Thought: Drawing from Michelangelo to Now is presented with the British Museum. This exhibition is supported, in part, by a grant from the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts, through an appropriation by the Rhode Island General Assembly and a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. Additional generous support is provided by Rhode Island School of Design, its Board of Trustees and Governors, and the Museum Associates.