Freedom of Invention

After they learned drawing as a discipline, many sixteenth-century Italian painters, sculptors, and architects used the practice as a springboard for their imaginations. Formerly a training ground for diligent copying, paper became a brainstorming surface for artists’ experimental and exploratory ideas, swiftly set down with marks and strokes in different media. Michelangelo’s musings, made decades apart on a double-sided sheet, capture the scope of his inventive spirit, encompassing poetic fantasy and architectural design.

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