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Christie’s Old Master Drawings sale Always in Style: The Collection of Herbert Kasper features the extraordinary group of old master drawings assembled by the American fashion designer Herbert Kasper (1926-2020). Remarkable for the quality of each drawing, the collection, which will be offered at auction in New York, includes works by artists active in Italy and Northern Europe in the 16th and 17th centuries. Among the thirty-five drawings in the sale are exceptional sheets by the most important masters of the late Renaissance such as Parmigianino, Giulio Romano, Paolo Veronese, Giorgio Vasari, Hendrick Goltzius and Peter Paul Rubens among others.
Herbert Kasper, known to everyone simply as Kasper, was a leading figure in the world of fashion and an influential tastemaker in New York. For decades Kasper collected old master drawings, together with photographs and contemporary art, with a particular attraction to the beautiful and elegant figures of the Mannerist painters. The old master drawings in the Kasper collection, part of which have been gifted to some of New York’s most prominent museums, are a testament to the discernment, passion, talent, and exquisite taste of their owner.