Drawing in Red

Christ Church Picture Gallery

26 October 2016 – 30 January 2017

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Over 30 examples highlight the 16th-century trend for drawing in red.

Drawing with red chalk became popular as a technique in the early 1500s and was a staple practice of old masters including Michelangelo, Bernini and Leonardo da Vinci who employed it in his sketches for the Last Supper. It was particularly suited for figure drawing, allowing the artists to create more realistic flesh colouring.

This display at Christ Church Picture Gallery includes a sensuous array of examples by Bandinelli, Sodoma and Carlo Maratti.

Venue information

Opening times


Mon, Wed–Sat, 10.30am–1pm, 2pm–4.30pm,

Sun 2pm–4.30pm.


Mon, Wed–Sat, 10.30am–5pm

Sun 2–5pm


Mon–Sat, 10.30am–5pm

Sun 2pm–5pm

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