Isabel Seligman is the Monument Trust Curator of Modern and Contemporary Drawing at the British Museum, London.

For most artists, there’s no such thing as the ‘wrong’ side of a piece of paper

Though we rarely encounter them, the preparatory sketches and absent-minded doodling on the backs of drawings can reveal much about what an artist really had in mind

2 Sep 2022
Studies of the Virgin and Child (detail; c. 1522–24), Michelangelo. Pen and brown ink, with copies in red chalk by Antonio Mini. British Museum

‘Draw and don’t waste time’. Lessons from Michelangelo and the Old Masters

Art students these days are more likely to keep a blog than a sketchbook. The British Museum’s touring exhibition of historic drawings seeks to change that

15 Aug 2016