Master Drawings Search Guide

Master drawings are drawings that exemplify superb draftsmanship by important artists since the Renaissance. Drawings can be created from many different materials such as charcoal, pastel, pen, ink (sepia), pencil, and watercolor. Master drawings are highly appreciated and collected because they show the artist's spontaneity and creative process.

To view, print, or download images of master drawings visit the library's Digital Images Webpage and select LUNA Digital Image Collections. (You do not need to register with LUNA to view, print, or download images).

Select either the Academy of Art University or the Amica Library Collections.

Select "Advanced Search" to search for images by specific search fields.

Use the two-columned tables below to guide your advanced search. Select a search field from the drop-down menu in the "find this exact wording" field and type in a word or an artists' name. For example, select Work Type, begin typing "drawings" in the "find this exact wording" field, and select search.

Sort options tool -

The results of an advanced or keyword search may be sorted. The sort options tool may only be used when one collection is selected at a time.

Up to four fields may be sorted. Use the dropdown menu to select the fields you want to sort and select sort.

Keyword searching -

Wildcard Search Help: The Academy of Art University and Amica Library Collections support wildcard searching, which can be done with an asterisk (*) in the keyword field. Combining the wildcard symbol with a word may broaden a search by including variations of that word. For example, searching for images that illustrate "anatomy" and "anatomical" drawings can be done with the keyword "anatom*".

Public Media Groups -

Media Groups are groups of images that may be created by registered users and viewed publicly by anyone using LUNA. Slide shows and presentations may be created from Media Groups. (Any currently enrolled students and teachers may register with LUNA.)

Browse “Public Media Groups” to view groups of images that show examples of Master Drawings. Make sure that “All Collections” are selected.

Select Explore and then Media Groups

"Hale Anatomy", "Hale Drawing", and the "Master Drawings" Media Groups reflect strong examples of Master Drawings. (Media Groups are alphabetized by title.)

PDF version of this search guide

Academy of Art University Collection
Search Field Examples of Words or Artists to Search
Work Type Drawings
Work Material Black chalk, chalk, charcoal, ink, pencil
Work Technique Drawing
Class Drawings
Work Subject Abdomen, anatomy, arms (anatomy), backs (anatomy), body parts, bones, breasts, buttocks, ears, eyes, faces, feet, figure drawing, fingers, hands, heads (anatomy), human body, knees, legs, mouths, muscles, neck, nudes, pelvis, ribs, shoulders, stomachs, thighs
Work Creator Allori, Alessandro
Bandinelli, Baccio
Boscoli, Andrea
Buonarroti, Michelangelo
Cambiaso, Luca
Carracci, Annibale
Casolani, Alessandro
Chasseriau, Theodore
Clouet, Francois
Cortona, Pietro da
Del Sarto, Andrea
Delacroix, Eugene
Durer, Albrecht
Gericault, Theodore
Greco, El
Guercino
Ingres, Jean-Auguste-Dominique
Leonardo da Vinci
Piazzetta, Giovanni
Porta, Giuseppe
Poussin, Nicolas
Prud'hon, Pierre-Paul
Raphael
Rubens, Peter Paul
Sodoma
Tiepolo, Giovanni Battista
Tintoretto, Jacopo
Titian
Turchi, Alessandro
Keywords Anatom*, drawing*, figure*, etc.

Amica Library Collection
Search Field Examples of Words or Artists to Search
Object Type Drawings and Watercolors
Materials and Techniques Black chalk, black crayon, chalk, charcoal, drawing, ink, paper, pen, red chalk, sepia, sepia ink
Classification Term Drawing, Figure Study
Creator Name Allori, Alessandro
Balestra, Antonio
Bandinelli, Baccio
Boscoli, Andrea
Buonarroti, Michelangelo
Cambiaso, Luca
Carracci, Annibale
Casolani, Alessandro
Cezanne, Paul
Chasseriau, Theodore
Corot, Jean-Baptiste-Camille
Courbet, Gustave
Daumier, Honore
Degas, Edgar
Delacroix, Eugene
Durer, Albrecht
Fragonard, Jean-Honore
Gogh, Vincent van
Guercino
Ingres, Jean-Auguste-Dominique
Lagneau
Leonardo da Vinci
Loo, Carle van
Manet, Edouard
Maturino da Firenze
Meissonier, Jean Louis Ernest
Millet, Jean-Francois
Piazzetta, Giovanni
Picasso, Pablo
Pissarro, Camille
Porta, Giuseppe
Poussin, Nicolas
Prud'hon, Pierre-Paul
Raphael
Renoir, Pierre-Auguste
Rigaud, Hyacinthe
Rowlandson, Thomas
Rubens, Peter Paul
Seurat, Georges
Sodoma
Tibaldi, Pellegrino
Tiepolo, Giovanni Battista
Tintoretto, Jacopo
Titian
Turchi, Alessandro
Watteau, Jean-Antoine
Keywords Anatom*, drawing*, figure*, etc.