With the Christmas holiday season in full swing, we asked Heather Lemonedes, Curator of Drawings, to discuss inspirations and influences of Madonna and Child imagery in the work of Mary Cassatt. Mary Cassatt and the Feminine Ideal in 19th-Century Paris is on view through January 21, 2013.
Rembrandt drew to hone his skills, record a motif, test compositional ideas and ways of expressing emotion, and provide instructive models for his students. Upon his death, nearly 2,000 drawings by Rembrandt and his followers were found in his studio. Intended for workshop use, the teacher’s drawings are rarely signed. It is a special occasion to see the four drawings on view in Rembrandt in America. Because drawings, like all works on paper, are light sensitive, so they can only be viewed for limited amounts of time.