Art aficionados will want to be sure and see 100 distinctive metalpoint works at the National Gallery of Art before the show closes Sunday en route for London.
The "first comprehensive exhibition" of metalpoint, Drawing in Silver and Gold: Leonardo to Jasper Johns, is laid out in chronological order beginning with art from the 14th century. Included are five works by Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519) and some by contemporary artists like Jasper Johns (b. 1930) and Susan Schwalb (b. 1940).
When he traveled to the Netherlands in 1520-1521, Albrecht Durer (1471-1528) drew impressions of his trip in silverpoint sketchbooks.
The British Museum, owner of half the pieces in the exhibition, was the destination of many Victorian artists who visited that museum to see some of the very silverpoint examples now hanging at the National Gallery of Art.
In the present exhibition are five works by "one of the most prolific metalpoint artists of all time," Hans Holbein the Elder, three by Raphael, three by William Holman Hunt, two by Rembrandt van Rijn, five by Jacques de Gheyn II, two by Pisanello, two by Gerard David, and many more.
The National Gallery of Art organized Drawing in Silver and Gold in collaboration with The British Museum.
Lenders to the exhibition are museums and private collectors from around the world, including the Louvre and Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.
A color catalog of more than 300 pages is available in the shops, and a video in the exhibition demonstrates the methodology and tools.
The exhibition is made possible by a generous gift in memory of Melvin R. Seiden.
Where: Ground Floor, West Building, National Gallery of Art, between Third and Seventh streets at Constitution Avenue, N.W., Washington, D.C. On the Mall. (Closest exhibition entrance is on Seventh Street.)
Admission: No charge
Metro stations: Smithsonian, Federal Triangle, Navy Memorial-Archives, or L'Enfant Plaza
For more information: 202-737-4215