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Ilya Yefimovich Repin, Portrait of a kalmyk, 1871. Graphite pencil on paper; 19.6 × 13.8 cm. / The State Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow

Drawings can be created as simply as doodling with a pencil on paper, but the true potential of this medium is in the complex subtleties of line and shade. Whether the artwork is monochromatic or in color, a drawing will emphasize the form of its subject in a way unlike any other. View our collection of exhibitions for some excellent examples of drawing and sketching.

A Journey through Jewish Worlds: Highlight from the Braginsky Collection of Hebrew Manuscripts and Printed Books

A Prince’s Manuscript Unbound: Muhammad Juki’s Shahnamah

Demons and Devotion: The Hours of Catherine of Cleves

From Neoclassicism to Futurism: Italian Prints and Drawings, 1800–1925

Graphic Masters III: Highlights from the Smithsonian American Art Museum

Hopper Drawing

Mannerism and Modernism: The Kasper Collection of Drawings and Photographs

Modern American Prints and Drawings from the Kainen Collection

Out of Character: Decoding Chinese Calligraphy

Pierre-Jean Mariette and the Art of Collecting Drawings

Rembrandt and His School: Masterworks from The Frick and Lugt Collections

Rembrandt’s World

Rome after Raphael

The Art of Illumination: The Limbourg Brothers and the Belles Heures of Jean de France, Duc de Berry

The Art of Warner Bros. Cartoons

  See exhibitions that explore the innovation of design throughout time: Formless Furniture, Silhouettes, The Bag, Textiles, Fashion, and more!  
  These drawings emphasize the form of its subject in a way unlike any other: Illustrated Manuscripts, Cartoons, Watercolors, and more!
  Witness our common human heritage revealed in the things that we make: Pueblo Pottery, Samurai Art and Armor, Art of Ancient Egypt, Buddhist Sculpture, and more!
  The following featured exhibitions transcend the limitations of media: Portraiture, Drawings, Performance, Prints, Sculpture, and more!
  The paintings exhibited illustrate the medium as one of the basic expressions of man: Georgia O’Keefe, Aboriginal Painting, Alice Neel, Renoir, Toulouse-Lautrec and more!
  Photography records our lives, transforming the extraordinary or the mundane into these indelible works: Anthony Goicolea, The Platinum Process, Ka Yeung, Amateur Photography, and more!
  Prints are images that offer the advantage of allowing the final image to be easily reproduced, including: Engraving, WPA Prints from 1930s America, Etching, Lithography, Woodcuts, and more!
  Our featured sculptures are presence, space, shape, and environment, impacting upon us like no other art form: African Wood Sculptures, Indian Bronze Sculptures, and more!

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