Joseph Fischer, Evening Party at the Palais Fries, 1800, aquatint and etching. Vienna, Albertina, Inv. DG2007/349

Conference on Drawings Collections in Vienna and Central Europe


10-11 June 2021 / Wien, Albertina & University (online by Zoom)

The conference aims to systematically illuminate the emergence of collections of drawings in Vienna and Central Europe, asking about the actors, their international interconnections and their motivations, about special collection foci, acquisition strategies and tastes, about storage and classification systems, about medial dissemination, for example in reproductive engravings or through catalogue works, about structures of the art trade and the interplay between collecting, connoisseurship and drawing studies.

The conference programme is available on the website of the Vienna Center for the History of Collecting.

The conference will take place as a ZOOM meeting. You can dial in directly via the following link:
Meeting ID : 968 2524 6424
Identification code : 178116

Registration is not required. Information and contact via Stephanie Sailer:

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25 January – 1 February 2020 | New York

The last week of January, it is Winter time, the Big Apple often covered by snow, freezing temperatures, sometimes an Epic Blizzard preventing you to get in (or out), but the place to be for the die-hards of the Drawings Jet Set. This is the start of the new season, when art dealers show their best drawings in galeries on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. The main auction houses – Christie’s and Sotheby’s – have their first sales of Old Master drawings and paintings. International private collectors and museum curators compete to make their first acquisitions of the new year.

On Tuesday January 28th, 2019 at 5:30 pm, our sister periodical Master Drawings will host the Fourth Annual Symposium Master Drawings: Then and Now at the NYU Institute of Fine Arts, 1 East 78th Street, a ticketed event.

See more on the Master Drawings New York website. Download the 2020 brochure here.

27 March – 1 April 2019 | Paris, Palais Brongniart

The highlight of the OMD season. It’s Spring time: the sun is shining, the sky is blue and collectors and curators are all over the place, dwelling in museums, auction houses, galleries and, first of all, the Palais Brongniart (Place de la Bourse). For those who have registered in advance there is a special program of visits to museums in and around Paris. The Musée du Louvre printroom has a dry reception for guests on the Monday evening, with drawings on display in the reading room, the curators giving information. The opening of the Salon (champagne!) is on Tuesday at 15:00h., for invited guests only. The main local auction houses Christie’s, Art Curial and Drouot have their OMD sales during this week. Noteworthy is the sale of around 30 drawings from the Jean Bonna collection at Christie’s on 27 April 2019.

More information on the Salon’s website

14 June 2018 | Museum Catharijneconvent, Utrecht

Workshop organized by Museum Catharijneconvent, Ars Graphica and Delineavit et Sculpsit on the occasion of the publication of issue 43 of Delineavit et Sculpsit, which is a catalogue of highlights from the museum’s collection of Old Master drawings, written by Prof.em. Ilja Veldman and Dr. Yvonne Bleyerveld of the RKD.

Auditorium, 13:45 – 17:00h, see programme

Peter Paul Rubens, Seated Male Youth, drawing. The Morgan Library & Museum

19 January – 28 April 2018 | New York

Drawings played a crucial role in the artistic practice of the three giants of the Flemish Baroque, Peter Paul Rubens (1577–1640), Anthony van Dyck (1599–1641), and Jacob Jordaens (1593–1678). This exhibition in the Morgan Library & Museum, New York, features the greatest works on paper by the artists in the museum’s collection, as well as a few key loans from local collections. The show highlights the distinctive graphic styles of each artist and their influence on one another. The Morgan is particularly well-suited to tell this fascinating story as its holdings of Rubens, Van Dyck, and Jordaens are unparalleled in the United States. This is Ilona van Tuinen’s last show as a curator at the Morgan before she heads to the Rijksmuseum Amsterdam.

For more information check the Morgan’s website