These past few weeks I've been studying Robert Beverly Hale's "Drawing Lessons From The Great Masters". I've developed a real love for master drawings, not just for the instruction they provide or the behind the scenes look at a famous painting, but for their own unique simple beauty. I've been searching out more and have had some success. I found a nice selection from Raphael online from which I picked out my favorites. There's also a good sized book of drawings by Peter Paul Rubens that has lead me to really adore him. I'm particularly fond of sketchbook pages where you get to see an old master working things out, pages that don't look so different from my own sketchbook. Below is one of my favorites, one you probably know, a study by Michelangelo for the Libyan Sibyl of the Sistine Chapel ceiling.
I'm hoping you guys will post some of your favorites too. I hope to one day have enough favorites collected to merit printing them out and making a book of them for my personal enjoyment.