Master Drawing Mondays: Week 3

Andrea del Sarto

Andrea del Sarto (Andrea d’Agnolo di Francesco, dit), Musée du Louvre, Département des Arts graphiques, INV 1689, Recto – –

I first encountered this gorgeous red chalk drawing in the very first Dover Art Library book on Old Master Life Drawings I every bought. In the Dover book, the drawing is printed in black and white. It’s totally fine to copy this drawing in charcoal, but give the red chalk a try! You might love it.

In this drawing, del Sarto used a red chalk, similar to conté crayons, on a toned paper. The Strathmore toned paper or the Canson Ingres paper would be perfect for this drawing. However, if you like to keep your drawings in a notebook, no special paper is needed for Master Drawing Mondays.

The key principle here is to spend time looking closely and studying the quality of line of an old Master Drawing. Click the image for a high resolution facsimile to draw from.

Wait… I missed what all of this is about!

The challenge of Master Drawing Mondays is to set aside time to copy a drawing. You can either choose from a book, or I will provide a weekly prompt from a museum collection. If you are on social media, use the hashtag #MasterDrawingMonday and tag me on Instagram @SarahHI. Let’s see how many out-of-practice artists we can encourage to take up a regular practice of copying the old masters!

Share your drawings on social media and tag #MasterDrawingMondays

#MasterDrawing Mondays is free and open to anyone. All of the links on this page are to outside sources. I do not receive compensation for any sales of books or art supplies.


A figurative sculptor for over 20 years, Sarah tells monumental stories in clay, bronze, and stone.

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