Sheffield’s Millennium Gallery has reopened following its lockdown closure with an exhibition of over 50 works from one of the UK’s most significant collections of drawings by artists from the 15th, 16th and 17th centuries who have become known as Old Masters. Lines of Beauty: Master Drawings from Chatsworth features works by Carpaccio, Poussin, Rembrandt, Rubens, Van Dyck and more.
Amassed by the 1st, 2nd and 3rd Dukes of Devonshire, the Chatsworth collection of Old Master Drawings comprises around 1,800 works. When the collection was originally established over 300 years ago, viewing of these works was reserved for the social elites of the time. Today, the drawings form part of regular changing public displays at their Chatsworth home. Opportunities to see them en masse remain limited due to the need to safeguard these delicate works on paper from light damage. As such, only a small selection of works is usually available to view at any one time. Lines of Beauty brings together 59 drawings from the collection. The exhibition marks the first time the drawings have been seen in Sheffield since 1966.
Museums Sheffield have implemented measures to keep everyone safe include limiting numbers in the building to ensure every visitor has chance to enjoy the remarkable works on display whilst comfortably maintaining social distancing.
Visitors are encouraged to pre-book their free visit to the exhibition – click here to book.
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