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Drawing a Crowd

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

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2. ALBRECHT DÜRER
Young Steer
(ca. 1493)
Dürer, the famous German painter and mathematician, was among the first to elevate woodblock printing as a tool for creating art. This small ink sketch is noteworthy for how realistically he drew the emaciated bull, at a time when such detail was still unusual.

McCULLAGH SAYS: “The anatomy is very exact, and you worry about this animal. He really uses line to suggest the ribs, and the bones are visible through the skin.”

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