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The Age of Elegance: The Joan Taub Ades Collection

May 13 through August 28, 2011
Image of Reclining Nude with Outstretched Arm

Over thirty-old master drawings by French, Italian, and Northern artists of the seventeenth through nineteenth centuries are featured in this exhibition, with a particular concentration of works by eighteenth-century French draftsmen. Providing visitors with the rare opportunity to see a highly personal collection, the exhibition includes works by François Boucher, Jean-Baptiste Greuze, Jean-Francois Millet, Guercino, Francesco Fontebasso, and Francesco Panini.

A generous patron of the arts, music, and dance, Joan Taub Ades began collecting old-master drawings nearly a decade ago, selecting works that appealed to her personal taste and piqued her curiosity. A promised gift to the Morgan, the Ades collection adds several drawings by artists previously unrepresented among the museum's holdings while enriching the number of works by celebrated draftsmen.

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François Boucher (1703–1770), Reclining Nude with Outstretched Arm (detail), black, white, and wetted red chalk, with stumping, on buff paper. Promised gift of Joan Taub Ades.