Sketching With The Masters At The Met

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Adam and Eve
Albrecht Dürer
German, Nuremberg 1471–1528 Nuremberg

I forgot to mention the best day of our non-painting days.  It was to visit the MET’s Drawing and Prints Department.  This is where we met brilliant Laurie Murphey, the MET’s education person in charge of the copyists.  (Copyists are the students, like us, who copy a master painting.) Our class, of only 4, was shown 4 or 5 drawings at a time, from Leonardo da Vinci to Rembrandt.   These original master sketches were pulled out of boxes and put on desk easels in front of us.  We each picked one and started sketching.  What an off-the-charts fabulous exercise, which the other schools also had an opportunity to do on different days!

1510–1513 Leonardo da Vinci

1510–1513 Leonardo da Vinci (Italian, Vinci 1452–1519 Amboise) Black chalk, charcoal, and red chalk, with some traces of white chalk (?); some remains of framing outline in pen and brown ink at upper right (not by Leonardo) Sheet: 8 x 6 1/8 in. (20.3 x 15.6 cm)


Raffaello Sanzio

1508–10 Raphael (Raffaello Sanzio or Santi) (Italian, Urbino 1483–1520 Rome) Pen and brown ink over black chalk, partially incised with a stylus (recto); rubbed with black chalk for transfer (verso) 15-5/8 x 11-1/2 in. (39.7 x 29.2 cm) Drawings


1882–83 Georges Seurat

1882–83 Georges Seurat (French, Paris 1859–1891 Paris) Conté crayon on Michallet paper 24 1/2 × 18 11/16 in. (62.2 × 47.5 cm) Classification: Drawings



Shelli Alford is an artist and author, who enjoys learning from master oil painters from around the world and reviewing their classes, workshops and demonstrations.

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