Public engagement opportunity: Lines of Beauty - Old Master Drawings from Chatsworth

In a unique collaboration between Museums Sheffield and Chatsworth, the Lines of Beauty exhibition brings together 59 Old Master drawings and puts them on show in Sheffield for the first time since 1966. The drawings, amassed by the Dukes of Devonshire, include some of the most important artists of the 15th, 16th and 17th centuries including Rembrandt, Poussin, van Dyck and Carpaccio.

Public Programme, Millennium Gallery, Sheffield

We are looking for academics to contribute to a public programme that connects with the drawings in many different ways (April – May 2020). If you could share your knowledge and add your perspective to the drawings we want to hear from you. This could be about the ideas around the drawings, the materials and techniques used or the historical context – and we are interested in topics that might not immediately seem connected perhaps based on your research or interests.

This is a public engagement opportunity for academics across all faculties.

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Featured works include:

  • Rembrandt van Rijn's (1606-1669) pen and ink drawing of an actor, William Ruyter, in his studio (circa 1638). Rembrandt is considered to be the most critically acclaimed painter of the Dutch Golden Age. There will also be landscape drawings by Rembrandt in the exhibition.
  • A pen and ink drawing with chalk and watercolour by Sir Anthony van Dyck (1599-1641), one of the most prominent Flemish painters and favourite of King Charles I.
  • Nicolas Poussin's (1594-1665) The Rape of the Sabines (circa 1633), one of a number of preparatory drawings depicting the story from Roman mythology. Poussin's two paintings of the subject are held in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York and the Louvre, Paris.
  • Works by Renaissance Master Vittore Carpaccio (about 1460-1526). John Ruskin was a great admirer of the Italian artist and his version of Carpaccio's St George and the Dragon is one of the highlights of the Guild of St George's Ruskin Collection, housed at the Millennium Gallery.

The exhibition will be displayed thematically allowing audiences to explore:

  • materials and drawing techniques
  • landscape
  • classical narrative
  • religion and narrative
  • portraits and studies of the human figure

The drawings will be contextualised with some information about the 2nd Duke of Devonshire, one of the most significant collectors in the family. There will also be activities that encourage visitors to draw.

For a full list of drawings please email: