Anonymous Artist, 18 century
I just returned from a quick trip to Salem, Oregon where I visited a rare and amazing exhibit. If you are a fan of Raphael, the Renaissance, or Italian art in general then you should try and get down to Willamette University and see this once in a lifetime showing from the Maggiori Collection before it closes November 6th. These drawings have an interesting provenance and their recent discovery is a story in itself.
I have attached a couple of my favorites for you to enjoy and here is the link to their site for more of the story if you are interested:
Just when you think you have all these skills and you are feeling at the top of your game along comes something like this to ground you! These artists from the 16th century were working on their skills by emulating Raphael (the master of grace) and Alessandro Maggiori collected them to further his own artistic pursuits and now I get to study them to begin to improve my work as well.