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Making a Mark: Dazzling Drawings from the Cottonian Collection

Over 40 rare and impor­tant draw­ings dat­ing from the 1600s-1700s from The Box’s his­tor­i­cal­ly impor­tant Cot­ton­ian Collection.

04/02/23 – 04/06/23
Opening Times
Sunday, 10:00 – 17:00
Monday, Closed
Tue–Sat, 10:00 – 17:00
'Making a Mark' highlights the methods, materials and centuries-old approaches to drawing that still inspire contemporary artists today. It includes a work in chalk and graphite by Rubens (1577-1640) and an ink drawing attributed to Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519).

The drawings show a range of subjects from epic stories to landscapes to fantasy. Many were created by artists who made drawings to test out ideas for larger, final artworks. Some used drawing to both teach and learn. Others used it as a tool to express their imagination. They were made when traditional materials associated with drawing, such as paper, ink and pencil were more readily available and drawing became an essential tool of artistic practice.

The exhibition also features a selection of plaster casts, ceramics and books and a dedicated space where you can relax, reflect and get creative.
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