London's Courtauld Gallery is lending 58 master drawings to New York City's Frick Collection, something it does not often do. This survey of Dutch, Flemish, German, Spanish, British, and French artists active between the late Middle Ages and early 20th century encompasses preliminary sketches, practice studies, aide-mémoires, designs for other artworks, and finished pictures.
Among the stars represented are Mantegna, Leonardo, Dürer, Michelangelo, Rubens, Ribera, Rembrandt, Watteau, Gainsborough, Goya, Turner, Degas, Cézanne, van Gogh, Seurat, Matisse, and Picasso. Founded in 1932, the Courtauld Institute of Art is dedicated to the study of art history but also operates a superb museum that now holds roughly 7,000 drawings, plus works in other media. The show is on view October 2-January 27.
Information: 1 East 70th Street, New York, NY 10021, 212.288.0700, www.frick.org
Peter Paul Rubens (1577–1640)
Portrait of Helena Fourment
c. 1630, Black, red, and white chalk and pen and ink on paper, 24 x 21 1/2 in.
Courtauld Gallery (Samuel Courtauld Trust), London