Italian Drawings III
From the collection of Giorgio Vasari
By Per Bjurström
This is the seventh volume in the series Drawings in Swedish Public Collections and the third devoted to Italian drawings.
It is primarily concerned with a collection of 83 drawings from the 15th century emanating, partly or wholly, from the famous collection which was built up by Giorgio Vasari during the decades round about the mid-16th century and which came to Nationalmuseum through Pierre Crozat and Carl Gustaf Tessin. Although a great deal has been published about it, much of this material has given rise to a century of perplexity and dispute. By reason of its beauty and the complexity of its historical role, the collection occupies a position all of its own among the treasures of Nationalmuseum.