The third in a series of scholarly catalogs on the permanent collection of The Art Institute of Chicago, this volume focuses on the museum's important holdings of Italian drawings of the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries. The catalog contains comprehensive entries on over seven hundred drawings, including preliminary studies for major compositions, cartoons, modelli, independent drawings, and copies after Renaissance and Mannerist masters. Featured are major works by some of the most significant artists of the time: Baccio Bandinelli, Federico Barocci, Fra Bartolommeo, Jacopo Bassano, Vittore Carpaccio, Correggio, Parmigianino, Pisanello, Pontormo, Primaticcio, Raphael, Tintoretto, Veronese, and Taddeo Zuccaro.
Each drawing in this handsomely produced catalog is accompanied by complete and up-to-date documentation, including a detailed description of the physical condition, a fully documented provenance, bibliography, and exhibition history, and a critical discussion of the attribution, date, subject, and function, as well as a summary of earlier scholarship. Many of these exquisite drawings are published here for the first time.