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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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4. PISANELLO
Sketches of the Emperor John VIII Palaeologus, a Monk, and a Scabbard
(1438)
This pen-and-brown-ink work came from a sketchbook, most of which now sits in the Louvre. A closer look also reveals a distinctive bull’s-head watermark that helped date the work.

McCULLAGH SAYS: “Pisanello drew this for a visit by the emperor. . . . Because [the emperor] was short, he was often depicted on his horse.”

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