Prints, drawings, and photographs comprise the largest group of objects in the Museum’s collections, including more than 150,000 works of art on paper dating from the fifteenth century to the present.
Highlights from the Collections
Especially distinguished in the areas of European old master prints and American prints from the 1930s and 1940s, the print collection also boasts significant holdings from Latin America and Japan. In addition, it is home to the Ars Medica Collection of medical and pharmaceutical prints, posters, and ephemera—the only such collection housed in an art museum.
Highlights of the drawings collection include many sheets by European old masters, especially Italian drawings. Other strengths include the drawings of Thomas Eakins and Auguste Rodin; modern American and European watercolors, collages, and gouaches; and manuscripts, boxes, and ephemera by Marcel Duchamp.
The Museum's collection of photography includes more than 28,000 prints, with great concentrations of work by Alfred Stieglitz, Paul Strand, and other major American and European figures. Additional strengths are Surrealist photography and work by Eugène Atget.
Because of sensitivity to light and other conservation concerns, the objects on view in these galleries rotate frequently.