Art: The Informal View

A great painter's monument rests in his paintings, but he is often at his most appealing in his drawings. Last week the Metropolitan Museum of Art opened the first exhibition of 128 drawings from the collection of retired Manhattan Banker Walter C. Baker. The pictures straddle the centuries, fix on no style or school. But each in its way adds some intimate clue to how the mind of the artist works.

Probably the first man to collect drawings in a systematic way, says the Metropolitan's assistant curator of European paintings, Claus Virch, was Giorgio...

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