Gian Lorenzo Bernini, Italian, 1598–1680: Seated Male Nude, ca. 1618–24. Red chalk, heightened with white, on buff laid paper. Museum purchase, Laura P. Hall Memorial Fund and Fowler McCormick, Class of 1921, Fund (2005-128).

500 Years of Italian Master Drawings from the Princeton University Art Museum focuses on the renowned collection of more than 1,000 Italian drawings at the Princeton University Art Museum, which includes significant works by artists Luca Cambiaso, Guercino, and Giambattista Tiepolo, as well as masterpieces by Carpaccio, Michelangelo, and Modigliani. Featuring more than 90 rarely seen highlights, this exhibition provides a fresh examination of Italian draftsmanship by mapping issues and concepts such as technique, function, and connoisseurship. A fully illustrated catalogue accompanies the exhibition.

500 Years of Italian Master Drawings from the Princeton University Art Museum has been made possible by generous support from Diane W. Burke; Susan and John Diekman, Class of 1965; John H. Rassweiler; the Allen R. Adler, Class of 1967, Exhibitions Fund; The Peter Jay Sharp Foundation; the Caroline G. Mather Fund; the Apparatus Fund; Marco Grassi, Class of 1956; the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts; and the Partners and Friends of the Princeton University Art Museum.  The publication has been made possible, in part, by The Getty Foundation; the Barr Ferree Foundation Fund for Publications, Department of Art and Archaeology, Princeton University; and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, with additional support provided by Anne Searle Bent.