Florence 29 August-3 September 2022 / Paris 2-7 January 2023

A two part seminar at the Dutch University Institute for Art History (NIKI) in Florence and the Fondation Custodia (Collection Frits Lugt) in Paris. The course is an intensive introduction to the art of drawing from the 15th to the 19th century. The number of participants is limited to 10 to enable excursions, lectures, and discussions in a stimulating colloquium form. The unique concentration of important museums and private art collections, make Florence and Paris ideal locations for students to deepen their knowledge of the art of drawing through a combination of theory and practice that is often lacking in academic courses. Thus lecture-based classes on, for instance, the role of drawing in the education of the artist and concept of ‘disegno’ in art literature will alternate with visits to the department of Prints and Drawings of the Gallerie degli Uffizi, Casa Buonarroti, Musée du Louvre, École des Beaux-Arts, and to the Fondation Custodia. During these visits students will examine a selection of drawings of old masters in the presence of a curator and leading experts. For more information and registration, see this this document.

13 May 2022 / 10:00-17:00 CET / Haarlem, Teylers Museum

On the occasion of the publication of the 50th issue of our periodical Delineavit et Sculpsit a symposium will be held:

Safely Stored – the Collecting of Prints and Drawings in Albums

The symposium will be conducted in Dutch.

It will be combined with the presentation of the Teylers Second Society honorary medal to Huigen Leeflang, in recognition of his response to the 2018 competition on the use, distribution and appreciation of prints, c. 1450-1800.

Program and registration: click here.






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: https://univienna.zoom.us/j/96825246424?pwd=TTdwRU5Hek5qR01YMkx2TzJJTnc0UT09.
Meeting ID : 968 2524 6424
Identification code : 178116

Registration is not required. Information and contact via Stephanie Sailer: stephanie.sailer@univie.ac.at

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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