Museum Spotlight: The Georgia Museum of Art

The summer issue of Drawing heads south for our Curator’s Choice series. We visit the Georgia Museum of Art, in Athens, where we receive a personalized tour of the museum’s Old Master and Modern drawings.

For the article, curator Lynn Boland selected a dozen of his favorite drawings from the museum’s collection. Some of the artists are among the greats who make regular appearances in our pages, such as Edgar Degas and John Singer Sargent. Others, such as Marco Marcola and Charles-Francois Daubigny, will be new faces for most readers.

As a sneak peak, we want to share one of the drawings selected for this special article: Hercules and the Hydra, by Pier Antonio Novelli (1729-1804). The image, which depicts the Greek hero in the midst of his legendary twelve labours, has long been a fan favorite at the Georgia Museum, where visitors are taken in both by its fun, adventuresome subject and its bold ink lines, which add a sense of fluid motion that fits the swift pace of the story.

Hercules and the Hydra, by Pier Antonio Novelli, 18th century, pen-and-ink, 11 15/16 x 9 1/16. Georgia Museum of Art.

Hercules and the Hydra,
by Pier Antonio Novelli, 18th century, pen-and-ink, 11 15/16 x 9 1/16. Georgia Museum of Art.

The Georgia Museum of Art is both the official art museum of the state of Georgia and part of the University of Georgia, where it plays an important role in the fine art program. The musem’s impressive holdings are spread between several collections, all of which you can learn about on the museum’s website, www.georgiamuseum.org.

To see all 12 Peach State masterpieces, check out the Curator’s Choice article in the summer issue of Drawing, now available for purchase and download!

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