Tiepolo, Hercules Leaning on His Club, 18th century
Tiepolo, Hercules Leaning on His Club, 18th century

Paul J. Jackson ’49 and Lee Jackson left Lawrence University an extensive collection of drawings by artists working in Europe between the 16th and 19th centuries, sometimes referred to in art historical contexts as "Old Master" artists. During this period, artists-in-training were expected to spend ample time drawing from live models to practice their draftsmanship. Many artists also travelled to Rome to copy Renaissance masterpieces and further hone their skills. These drawings—quick sketches in colored chalk, ink, or watercolor—are the first step in the creative process. Although we usually prioritize the finished painting or sculpture, it is often said that drawing is the thought of the artist—a direct, unmediated glimpse into the creative mind.