19th-Century Classical Drawings and Their Contemporary Counterparts

Some artists and universities are keeping the 19th-century dream alive. The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts hails from a tradition of life drawing made famous by former Academy student and controversial teacher Thomas Eakins. The contemplative graphite drawings of Rob Matthews explore contemporary subjects with the hand of an artist centuries older. The New York Academy of Art also emphasizes a classical approach to drawing and painting, presented in their first exhibit of 2016.