Drawings are an immediate and direct route into understanding how an artist thinks, explores, improves and creates. In this resource, you will find tips and tools to help you engage closely with a selection of drawings from the Devonshire Collections. Step inside the creative process and take your time to look closely at drawings by Raphael, Leonardo da Vinci, Rembrandt and Inigo Jones, among others.
Explore the drawings by theme
A small number are supported with resources created by our learning team based upon the current specification for A level history of art. While written with students in mind, we hope these resources will be engaging for anyone curious to find out more about some of these artists.
Madonna of the meadow
Study for the Transfiguration
Madonna and Child after Michelangelo
Portrait of Mino da Fiesole
Two Franciscan Friars
Sir Peter Paul Rubens
The actor Willem Ruyter in his dressing room
Rembrandt van Rijn
The Sabine Women
Leda and the swan
Leonardo da Vinci
English Houses with London and the Thames Afar Off
We are committed to making our collections as accessible as possible. It is not always possible to display our drawings due to their sensitivity to light and the conditions required to display them. We are grateful for support from the Tavolozza Foundation, not only in being able to digitise this selection for your enjoyment but also in creating more in-depth resources to spark your curiosity and further your understanding.