As colour-drenched digital images saturate our daily lives, the National Portrait Gallery takes us back to basics with stunning drawings by Leonardo da Vinci and other Old Masters on show from 13 July. Taken from British collections including the Queen’s and Chatsworth House, the lively characters are caught spontaneously in coloured chalks, metalpoint and more. There’s Thomas Cromwell’s protégé, Sir John Godsalve looking guarded, a weary shoemaker mid conversation and a pensive old woman squinting. As the artists used these works to advertise their skills, little wonder the show is so compelling.
The Encounter: Drawings from Leonardo to Rembrandt, 13 July 2017 to 22 October 2017, National Portrait Gallery, St. Martin’s Place, London WC2H 0HE, 020 7306 0055 » npg.org.uk
*Lead image: Sir John Godsalve by Hans Holbein the Younger c.1532-4
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