Pierre-Auguste Renoir is considered to have been one of the finest draughtsman of all art history, though there are many other famous names to provide competition, from all manner of art periods and movements. First off, the drawings of Raphael, Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo help mark the Renaissance era out as unique for its influence and technical genius. All that followed owes a debt of gratitude to the developments completed by these iconic artists.

Within the North of Europe there was also some exceptional talent from around the Renaissance era, then followed by the Dutch Golden Age. Albrecht Durer and Rembrandt produced extraordinary drawings and etchings which helped to gain respect for artists in this region. Peter Paul Rubens drawings, often as study pieces for final paintings, were also highly impressive.