Get a glimpse into the Museum's vast holdings of Prints, Drawings, and Photographs in this Object Gallery.
Prints, drawings, watercolors, collages, gouaches, ephemera, photographsWith holdings of more than 150,000 works of art on paper, the Museum’s Department of Prints, Drawings, and Photographs is one of the largest public collections of such works in the United States. Especially distinguished in the area of European old master prints from the 16th to 18th centuries, this collection was greatly enhanced with the 1985 acquisition of more than 42,000 prints, by purchase and exchange, from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. Also of note are the holdings of Mexican and Japanese prints; American prints from the 1930s and 1940s; and the Ars Medica Collection--2,500 works on paper related to the history of medicine that is the only one of its kind in any museum. The department also boasts an outstanding array of ephemeral material related to Marcel Duchamp, while important works by artists such as Paul Cézanne, Edgar Degas, and Pablo Picasso are among its 12,000 drawings. The Museum’s celebrated photography holdings include an important group of images by Alfred Stieglitz, received from the artist’s own collection; more than 2,500 photographs in the Julien Levy Collection; and The Paul Strand Collection, numbering more than 4,000 images from every major series photographed by this American master. View objects in Collections Online >>
Prints, Drawings, and Photographs Study RoomExhibitions and installations of works on paper from the collection are regularly presented in the Honickman and Berman Galleries and in galleries 121-123 in the main building, and in the Julien Levy Gallery for photography in the Perelman building. Because only a small percentage of the department’s vast collections are on display, works from the permanent collection are made available for study by appointment in the Abigail Rebecca Cohen Study Room. Study Room Hours:
open to the public by appointment
Tuesday through Friday
10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
2 p.m. to 4 p.m. To make an appointment, please call 215-684-7660.
Note: College professors may make appointments for small classes of undergraduate or graduate students. Location:
The Abigail Rebecca Cohen Study Room is in the Center for Prints, Drawings, and Photographs Perelman Building, Philadelphia Museum of Art.