THE hallmark of German art at its best, from the Middle Ages to the 20th century, has been its strong design and sure draftsmanship. Nowhere is this more evident than in the long history of great German drawings. Now, for the first time, U.S. gallerygoers have a chance to judge the full sweep of the Germans' monumental achievement. The first full-scale exhibition of six centuries of German drawing ever put together in one show opened this week in Washington's National Gallery, first stop in a cross-country tour of four major U.S. cities. To show the whole range of German drawing, from...

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