Drawing Lessons from the Great Masters by Robert Beverly Hale

Drawing Lessons from the Great Masters

A book whose sales have not diminished but rather increased dramatically since its publication 45 years ago, this bestselling classic is the ultimate manual of drawing taught by the late Robert Beverly Hale, who’s famed lectures and classes at New York City’s Art Student League captivated artists and art educators from around the world.Faithfully producing and methodically analyzing 100 master drawings—including works of Michelangelo, Leona...

Details Drawing Lessons from the Great Masters

TitleDrawing Lessons from the Great Masters
Release DateAug 1st, 1989
GenreArt, Drawing, Nonfiction, Reference, Art History, Art Design, Design, Crafts, Classics, How To

Reviews Drawing Lessons from the Great Masters

  • Jenna
    I've always been very interested in art, especially drawing, but never had a chance to take a class in the subject after grade school. My interest was piqued again after my participation in #inktober this year, so a few weeks back, I dusted off this old book.I actually bought this book years back, about a decade ago or so. It was interesting to see how much easier the text is to understand now that I've completed the training to become a musculos...
  • Parka
    (More pictures at parkablogs.com)Drawing Lessons From the Great Masters is an art book that teaches by looking at the art fundamentals used by great art masters themselves — Michelangelo, Leonardo Da Vinci, Rodin, Goya, Rembrandt, among others.There are 100 master drawings analysed by Robert Beverly Hale on the fundamentals such as line, light and planes, mass, position and thrust, and anatomy. These are all figure drawings. Each illustration i...
  • Bastgr
    Please buy some bones. (c) Robert HaleOr at least rob some graves. (c) Leonardo da Vinci
  • Martha Smith
    As a student of art and art history, I was disappointed in how few photographs and drawings the book contained. There were a few illustrations. The title of the book was misleading. I would have like to have seen multiple drawings in color by the masters. As a student it helps to see examples of art principles clearly demonstrated. I feel this book missed the mark. I have read numerous books that did a better job of illustrating the principals in...
  • Carol Tensen
    Drawing Lessons From the Great Masters has remained in print since the 1960s. Robert Gale came up with an ambitious goal for an art instruction book, using drawing from the old masters to illustrate various lessons about drawing. The book is divided into topics, such as line, mass, anatomy, and after each explanation he shows several examples. And what fine examples they are. I was particularly pleased to see so many drawings by Andrea Del Sarto....
  • Anna C
    This is a thorough guide to figure drawing. I found the actual information on anatomy far too technical for the average student, but the book does do a great job getting you to really see light, shadow, and planes. You do, however, also get the impression that Hale was a terrifying teacher: incredibly demanding and arrogant. I can't even count the number of times he says you'll never become a competent draftsman unless you acquire a literal skele...
  • Rachel Woodward
    This was a very helpful guide on drawing and I learned much about how to approach my own drawing studies. It includes drawings in various stages of finish from a wide variety of Greats such as da Vinci, Durer, Titian, Rembrandt, Degas, and many more. Full page illustrations were each followed with an analysis by Robert Beverly Hale complete with a smaller version of the artwork, labeled for easy reference. The forward is by Jacob Collins, one of ...
  • Jessica
    One of my all-time favorite art instruction books. It answers so many questions that I developed while drawing and painting. For example, which artist uses which type of head construction: sphere, box, cylinder, other? I never found another book that acknowledges the choice, let alone shows me how to analyze the drawings of my choice.This book has a very good treatment of lines and planes in particular. I also love the little gems like page 31 wh...
  • Genesis.P.Gates
    This book is a little bit advanced.It guides readers to analyze and appreciated masterpieces from artist and lessons reader why the drawings are good and how to learn.It introduces concepts such as line, light and planes, mass, position, and directions. All these are extremely useful as a systematic way to understand drawings.
  • Chris Carithers
    Excellent ideas and progression of skills and concepts, as well as compelling, canonical drawings, though the author's analysis and detailed examination of each drawing, which often fell on the left page, remained tedious throughout.
  • Vixtrolla
    A bunch of excellent life drawing tips to keep in mind. Excellent examples.
  • Dreams
    it was amazing and very helpful
  • Eric Aguirre
    Libro magistral sobre la figura humana. Analiza los dibujos y bocetos de maestros tales como Rembrandt, Da Vinci, Degas, Goya, Miguel Ángel, Durero, Cambiaso y Rafael entre otros. Empieza con la primicia de que todos los grandes maestros utilizaban el cílindro, el cubo, el circulo y el triángulo para poder construir cualquier figura humana. La forma del huevo es la clave para poder hacer la caja torácica. Todos los artistas tienen que tener u...
  • Filomena
    Although I am a beginner in drawing nude, I enjoyed this book very much and learnt from it.It does not show how to study, practice drawing. It analyzes drawings by great masters: how they shown proportion, head movement, volume, shadow, movement of a body, grace etc etc. Each page has one drawing, first page describes the drawing - where and what to look for in it, second page shows the drawing being analyzed.Big issue that I have with this book ...
  • Charlene
    I enjoyed this unusual book and used it as the starting point for a course I taught in improving drawing by studying the masters. I like that the language and some of the ideas are a bit outdated as it underscores the evolution of ideas about art and technique. Overall it is interesting, insightful and a good book for any artist to study.
  • Kevin de Ataíde
    A very basic primer in drawing based on classical techniques and the work of the great masters, usually the post-Renaissance Italian masters. The material is very basic, going through the primaries of line, form, shade and structures, but the real gold is the simplified analysis of master drawings. An interesting book and worth a look through. Four stars, not five.
  • Marjorie Elwood
    Initially, this seemed like a basic "how to" drawing book, using solely lines, but Hale continued to develop the nuances of drawing through examination of drawings by masters. Eventually, he looks at all of the facets of a drawing and details what you can learn from the problems that the great artists resolved. A fascinating book.
  • Jessica
    I love this book. Mine copy is worn and loved. Even if you have been doing art for quite some time, there is so much to learn by studying the works in this book. I think ever visual artist should keep a copy and experiment with it.
  • Ray
    The author shows how the great artists created the illusion of three dimensions on a two dimensional surface with their drawings. This is a great book for not only art students but those who want to appreciate art more.
  • Annie
    It has a good basic over view of everything ones needs to know for the basics of drawing. But I dont think it breaks the steps down well enough or analyze each area but it also does give good examples of artwork.
  • Michelle
    I am still going through this book, but I absolutely love the in-depth analysis and tips and advice for the artists. Ever since I got a glimpse of Robert Beverly Hale's lectures, I knew he was a gold mind of information. A pity that he passed away.
  • Justin
    Wow, a master class in the fundamentals and application of drawing with examples from the World's great masters.Learning to Draw, Line, Light and Planes, Mass, Position Thrust or Direction, Artistic Anatomy, and Driving all the Horses at Once.
  • Makingamark
    One of the standard "must have" books for people wanting to understand more about classical drawing and what the drawings of the great artists looked like
  • Michael Mentler
    Classic... Read it a least 6 times! Reading it again now... New meaning with each reading
  • Adam
    Thorough insights, I need to return to chapter 6 when ready.
  • RLance Garcia
    One of my favorite books of all time. Brilliant.
    must read for artists and aspiring artists alike. contained within is a lifetime's worth of artistic wisdom and 100 plates to copy and practice from
  • Apryl Anderson
    I'm not keen on the text, but the reproductions are excellent.