Fridays, 12:00 pm - 2:45 pm
This course, taught from original drawings in the collection of the Harvard Art Museums, explores a broad range of topics associated with the materials, functions, preservation, collecting, exhibiting, and cataloguing of European and American drawings from the fifteenth century through the nineteenth century. Emphasis will be placed on close examination of the drawings, and discussions will include identification of media, characteristics of the execution, inscriptions, and other details that contribute to an understanding of the creation, purpose, and history of each sheet. Class members will collaborate on creating a virtual exhibition of drawings from the Harvard collections, to be presented online. Assignments involve reading, writing, and working directly from the objects. Broad knowledge of the history of European and American art is desirable but not required.