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Exhibitions

How silverpoint revolutionised art

A new British Museum exhibition, Drawing in Silver and Gold, shows how the flowering of visual naturalism in the 15th century owed its development to this magical medium

12 September 2015

9:00 AM

12 September 2015

9:00 AM

Drawing in Silver and Gold: Leonardo to Jasper Johns

British Museum, until 6 December

Marshall McLuhan got it at least half right. The medium may not always be the entire message, but it certainly dictates the kind of message that can be transmitted. This is one lesson of Drawing in Silver and Gold: Leonardo to Jasper Johns, an exhibition at the British Museum that is packed with subtle masterpieces, and as a bonus contains — for those who like such things — two of art’s great studies of dogs.

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