'Italian Drawings: Highlights from the Collection' brings together works by some of the world’s greatest artists. Because they are so sensitive to light, drawings are not kept on permanent display. This exhibition, therefore, gives us a rare chance to appreciate works by artists such as Leonardo da Vinci, Raphael, Michelangelo and Titian.
The drawings on display range in date from Pisanello, in the 1430s, to the great masters of the late sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, notably from Rome and Bologna. The Fitzwilliam has an especially strong collection of eighteenth- century Venetian drawings, and atmospheric examples of these are a particular highlight of the display. The exhibition continues into the twentieth century with drawings by Modigliani and Boccioni.