Roughly half a millennium’s worth of drawings are represented in the RISD Museum’s current survey of drawings from the British Museum. (There’s also an ancient Egyptian piece, but that’s an outlier.) Use the handy magnifying glasses to check out details in the seventy drawings – the line work of Sebastien Leclerc’s academy of arts and sciences, for instance, or the jazzy faces of the angelic band framing Hans Baldung’s sixteenth century rendering of the Virgin and Child with Saint Lawrence. Other highlights include more contemporary pieces like Ariane Laroux’s portrait of a jeweler, as well as Scottish painter Peter Doig’s Dragnet, a landscape inspired by a scene in the original Friday the 13th movie.
pictured: Victor Hugo, Landscape with a castle, 1857.