Pen and Parchment: Drawing in the Middle Ages

Though their work is little known and little studied, artists in the Middle Ages explored the technique of drawing in many of the same ways as artists from other eras.  They created a rich array of works—ranging from spontaneous sketches to powerful evocations of spirituality to intriguing images of science and the natural world.  Medieval drawings appear in places both expected and unexpected.  They generally cannot be found on paper but rather on parchment, and rarely in portfolios but more often in bound books in libraries.  As in every era,…

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