From 1995 onward, the Georgia Museum of Art has benefited from an extended loan of drawings and prints from a private collection. While Italian master drawings constitute the focal point of the corpus, the Ceseri collection is also rich in 19th- and 20th-century works on paper. Thus, a 15th-century pen-and-ink sketch rubs shoulders with a graphite drawing by William Blake, or a watercolor by Giorgio de Chirico. Aside from masters like Pietro de Pietri, Guercino, Annibale and Agostino Carracci, Francesco Galli da Bibiena and many others, the collection also represents Eugène Delacroix, Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres, William Zorach and Peggy Bacon. As diverse as the artists and their works are, the antique frames used to display the drawings and prints illustrate the craftsmanship of tooling, the carving of wood and plaster, the technique of gilding and the construction of frames that can all be studied alongside the engravings, etchings, lithographs, mezzotints and red-chalk, graphite, charcoal and pen-and-ink drawings. The collection currently numbers close to 1,500 works on paper. An extraordinary resource for research and exhibitions, it has been studied by students and scholars worldwide. It can be viewed by appointment only and is also available to the general public.
For more information about the Ceseri Collection contact Lynn Boland, Pierre Daura Curator of European Art.