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A Pioneering Collection:
Master Drawings from the Crocker Art Museum

Portland Art Museum
Portland OR – Jun 12-Sep 19, 2010

Hendrick Goltzius, Judith with the Head of Holofernes

Hendrick Goltzius, Judith with the Head of Holofernes, n.d., pen and dark brown ink, brush and grey wash and blue and white opaque watercolor, partially darkened, on brown laid paper [Portland Art Museum, Portland OR, Jun 12-Sep 19] Crocker Art Museum, E. B. Crocker Collection 1871.142

Gérard de Lairesse, Expulsion of Hagar

Gérard de Lairesse, Expulsion of Hagar (n.d.), pen and reddish-brown ink, brush and grey washes on cream laid paper [Portland Art Museum, Portland OR, Jun 12-Sep 19] Crocker Art Museum, E. B. Crocker Collection 1871.217

Bartholomaeus Breenbergh, Temple of the Tiburtine Sibyl at Tivoli

Bartholomaeus Breenbergh, Temple of the Tiburtine Sibyl at Tivoli (1627), pen and brown ink, brush and brown and greyish-brown washes on buff laid paper [Portland Art Museum, Portland OR, Jun 12-Sep 19] Crocker Art Museum, E. B. Crocker Collection 1871.155

This rare group of masterworks from the 15th-19th centuries was selected from one of the most exceptional early collections of European drawings in the United States. The Crocker Art Museum in Sacramento, California holds approximately 1,400 master drawings representing stunning examples from major European schools, including works by Albrecht Dürer, Fra Bartolommeo, Peter Paul Rubens, Jean-Honoré Fragonard, François Boucher and Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres.

Founded in 1885 by the Crocker family, the Crocker Art Museum is the oldest continuously operating museum west of the Mississippi. Edwin B. Crocker and his wife Margaret were forward-thinking art patrons committed to bringing sophisticated masterpieces to the new state of California. Most of the core collection was acquired during the Crockers' 1869-1871 European sojourn.

The 57 works on paper in the exhibition are among the highlights of the Crocker Art Museum's impressive holdings, which have remained largely unknown outside of scholarly circles. The exhibit includes many keystones of art history, like Dürer's Female Nude with a Staff, drawn in 1498 soon after his return from Italy. Another notable work is Studies of Human Bones by Jan Steven van Calcar, who illustrated Andreas Vesalius’ work in some of the first anatomical texts ever published. Roelandt Saverij's Dodo Birds and a rare double-portrait of Madame de Pompadour and her daughter Alexandrine by French court painter François Guérin are other prominent examples of the touring exhibition, which will travel to California and New York. The exhibition inaugurates the Crocker Art Museum's expansion, which includes a dedicated works-on-paper study centre and gallery.

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Allyn Cantor


 Sun, Jun 6, 2010