Drawing in Silver and Gold: Leonardo to Jasper Johns

May 3 – July 26, 2015

This first comprehensive exhibition to examine the history of metalpoint—the art of drawing with a metal stylus on a specially prepared ground—presents some 90 drawings from the late Middle Ages to the present, from the collections of the British Museum, the National Gallery of Art, and other major museums in the United States and Europe. Often regarded as a limited and unforgiving medium, metalpoint is actually capable of a surprising range of effects, as seen in these drawings by Leonardo da Vinci, Raphael, Rogier van der Weyden, Albrecht Dürer, Rembrandt van Rijn, and Jasper Johns, among others.

Organization: Organized by the National Gallery of Art, Washington