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.

Christ Church Picture Gallery

Christ Church, Oxford, Oxfordshire, OX1 1DP

01865 276 172


Opening times

October - May

Mon, Wed- Sat: 10am - 1pm & 2pm - 4:30pm

Sun: 2pm-4:30pm


Mon, Wed - Sat: 10:30am - 5pm

Sun: 2pm - 5pm

July - September:

Mon - Sat: 10:30am - 5pm

Sun: 2pm - 5pm

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