Lines of Thought
3 September – 6 November 2016
Free to all
Key works from the British Museum's prestigious graphic collection are brought together to highlight the significant role drawing has played in artistic practice.
Drawing was Leonardo’s preferred form of expression; he maintained that an image transmitted knowledge more accurately than words. His notebooks were filled with sketches of beasts, bodies, dissections, botanical studies, rock formations, whirlpools, flying machines and architecture. Leonardo's work is among the highlights of this show, which celebrates how drawing has been utilised as a medium for the expression of ideas.
Other major artists featured include Michelangelo, Cézanne, Picasso and Bridget Riley. After its showing in Poole, the exhibition will travel to Hull and Belfast.
The display aims to encourage drawing practice, and visitors are invited to bring their sketchbooks.