Drawing a Crowd

The Art Institute’s astounding collection of prints and drawings deserves a closer look.

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Upraised Right Hand with Palm Facing Outward
Probably a study for a portrait of Saint Peter found in the Vatican, this chalk drawing of a hand is on a short list of Raphael’s last known drawings before his death in 1520 on his 37th birthday.

McCULLAGH SAYS: “This is characteristic of his late drawing style—–very subtle, very structural.”