This catalogue presents 59 masterful Italian drawings from the late 15th, 16th, and 17th centuries: working drawings, preparatory sketches, and finished compositions that have been added in recent years to the private collection of Jean and Steven Goldman. In her essays, Jean Goldman assesses the collection within the context of Mannerism and the role of drawing in the business of art. She and Nicolas Schwed coauthor detailed entries on the works' attributions, subjects, and functions, complete with documentation including provenance, bibliography, exhibition history, and comparative illustrations. The catalogue presents the work of more than forty artists, some of whom, such as Giorgio Vasari and Pietro da Cortona, were major figures, and others who were virtually unknown. Together, these magnificent works trace the rise and evolution of Mannerism in Italy.
Jean Goldman is an independent scholar specializing in Italian Renaissance and Baroque art. Nicolas Schwed is an independent scholar and gallery owner in Paris. Suzanne Folds McCullagh is the Anne Vogt Fuller and Marion Titus Searle Chair and Curator, Department of Prints and Drawings, The Art Institute of Chicago.