The Essential Line: Drawings from the Dahesh Museum of Art

February 9—March 24, 2011

The rich selection of work from the Dahesh Museum of Art highlights the nature of drawing in the 19th century.  Among the 40 works that were on view, there were rare drawings by Lawrence Alma Tadema, Rosa Bonheur, Léon Bonnat, Alexandre Cabanel, Paul Delaroche, Gustav Doré, Jean Lecomte Du Nouÿ, Frederic Lord Leighton, and Tommaso Minardi, as well as unfamiliar but talented draftsmen.

The exhibition originated as a joint venture between the curatorial staff of the Dahesh Museum of Art and the Museum Studies Program at Syracuse. The staff of the DMA selected a group of 43 drawings from the collection, plus 5 important drawings on loan from the private collection of Gina Milano, representing the diversity of technique and subject matter of 19th-century academic drawings. Syracuse students had access to these drawings, conducting research, writing didactic labels, organizing an exhibition on campus in the SUArt Galleries, and contributing to a related exhibition at the Palitz Gallery in New York.