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Prints and drawings provide extraordinary insights into the artistic process of some of Western art history's most celebrated artists and are often important works of art in their own right. Curators of these works on paper are responsible for expansive collections, often extending to tens or even hundreds of thousands of objects. The nature of these art collections—large, diverse, and requiring limited public display and specialized care—have historically defined the nature of curatorial practice in the prints and drawings field. Yet as the demands of the 21st century museum have evolved, so too have the expectations placed on curators. Prints and drawings curators are facing the need not only to preserve traditional skills that have been passed down through generations of specialists, but also to make their collections accessible to today's museum audiences.

Leda and the Swan by Leonardo da Vinci
In January of 2018, the Getty Foundation launched The Paper Project: Prints and Drawings Curatorship in the 21st Century. Grants in this initiative are supporting short-term study seminars for working curators of drawings and prints; professional workshops and symposia; collection research; and exhibitions and publishing projects that have the potential to advance curatorial practice for the print and drawings field.

For more information or to submit inquiries for support, please email thepaperproject@getty.edu.

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Images (Top to Bottom): Taddeo Copying Raphael's Frescoes in the Loggia of the Villa Farnesina, Where He is Also Represented Asleep, Federico Zuccaro, about 1595, pen and brown ink, brush with brown wash, over black chalk and touches of red chalk, J. Paul Getty Museum; Leonardo da Vinci, Leda and the Swan, Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam (former collection Koenigs). Photo by Studio Tromp, Rotterdam