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Lines of thought

Drawing from michelangelo to now

Isabel Seligman


An examination of the process and practice of drawing, showcasing over 500 years of work from Michelangelo to the present day

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Looking at works from a range of different artists and their various approaches, Lines of Thoughts examines the process and practice of drawing, showcasing artworks from 15th- and 16th-century masters, such as Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo, right up to artists working today. In arranging them not by period or style, but by the types of thinking that give rise to them, readers gain fresh insights into the thought processes of some of the world’s greatest artists. This thematic rather than chronological structure allows to place historical drawings side-by-side with modern and contemporary works, to show how artists from widely differing times and places have all used drawing to record, explore and develop ideas.

This book, which ties in with the British Museum's exhibition ‘Lines of Thought: Michelangelo to Bridget Riley. Drawings from the British Museum’, includes highlights of the British Museum’s Prints and Drawings collection, as well as some lesser-known contemporary works.

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Book Details

Format: Paperback

Size: 25.0 x 22.0 cm

Extent: 128 pp

Publication date: 22 September 2016

ISBN: 9780500292785

About the Author

Isabel Seligman is the Bridget Riley Art Foundation Curator at the British Museum. She is the author of Lines of thought: Drawing from Michelangelo to now and contributed to The American Dream: pop to the present.

Hugo Chapman is the Simon Sainsbury Keeper of Prints and Drawings at the British Museum.

Bridget Riley first came to the British Museum Study Room as a student at Goldsmiths College. The insights that she gained there were fundamental to the development of her pioneering abstract work, and drawing has remained a key tool at every stage of her creative process.

List of Contributors

Hugo Chapman, Bridget Riley