Drawing in Silver and Gold: Leonardo to Jasper Johns - the exhibition catalogue from British Museum available to buy at Museum Bookstore

Drawing in Silver and Gold: Leonardo to Jasper Johns

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'I have never seen an exhibition that so joyously reveals the beauty and mystery of the art of drawing'  - The Guardian

'The superb exhibition catalog, edited and partly written by Ms. Sell and Mr. Chapman, represents the latest scholarship in this remarkable field'  - Wall Street Journal

Leonardo da Vinci’s Bust of a Warrior

This beautiful illustrated book accompanying the National Gallery of Art, Washington and British Museum's 2015 exhibition explores the use of metal point in drawing over a period of six centuries.  

Drawing in Silver and Gold examines the history of this medium, in which a metal stylus is used on a specially prepared surface to create lines of astonishing delicacy. This publication examines the use of this technique in the work of artists ranging from Leonardo, Dürer, and Rembrandt to Otto Dix and Jasper Johns. 

A team of authors—curators, conservators, scientists—address variations in technique across time and between different schools, incorporating new scientific analysis, revealing patterns of use, and providing a rare demonstration of the medium's range and versatility.

  • Authors: Stacey Sell and Hugo Chapman
  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Date published: May 2015
  • Language: English
  • ISBN: 978-0691166124
  • Product Dimensions: 28.4 x 19.8 x 3.6 cm

★★★★★ 'a stupendously rich gathering of some of the greatest drawings in history' - The Guardian

'A once in a lifetime survey of metalpoint drawing, an incredibly demanding yet beautiful method' - The Wall Street Journal

'Dazzling shades of grey: virtuoso drawings explore the lost art of metalpoint' - The Arts Desk